Rep. Kay Granger (R-Tex.), who led the House GOP "working group" tasked with tackling the issue, planned to share her team's recommendations during the closed-door weekly House Republican meeting. On her way in, carrying a binder of papers and pamphlets, Granger said a vote on her proposals "should happen right now." "Every day that we delay, thousands more come across the border," she said.
* In the last budget year, Border Patrol agents arrested about 420,000 people, most of them along the Mexican border. That followed a three-year trend of near record low numbers of apprehensions. * Overall, the number of immigrants caught sneaking across the border remains at near historic low levels. * The last time so few people were arrested at the country's borders was 1973, when the Border Patrol recorded just fewer than 500,000 arrests. * The number of people being arrested at the border remains dramatically lower than the all-time high of more than 1.6 million people in 2000.