MADAWASKA — Entries into the United States at seven northern Maine ports of entry dropped dramatically in April 1992, compared to April 1991.
While four of the seven ports showed minuscule increases in the number of entries there, significant decreases were registered at the major ports at Madawaska and Hamlin.
According to statistics provided by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the number of entries at Madawaska, Van Buren, Hamlin, Limestone, Fort Kent, Estcourt and St. Pamphile dropped by 8,181 in April 1992, compared to the same period in 1991.
The largest decrease in the number of entries was at Madawaska, where 11,340 less aliens came into the U.S. in April. In 1991, 269,848 people entered at Madawaska. The figure for 1992 was only 258,508.
The total number of aliens entering the United States at those ports in April 1991 was 492,192. In April 1992, the number dropped to 484,011 persons.
The major decrease in entries, however, was in the number of Americans making the crossing. In April 1991, the seven ports saw 215,917 Americans entering the country. In April 1992, that number dropped to 115,380 people, a decrease of 100,537.
A total of 708,109 people entered the country at the seven ports in April 1991 and only 599,391 made the entry in April 1992, a decrease of 108,718 entries.
The report noted that 186 foreigners were refused entry into the country in April 1992, compared to 181 in April 1991. Another 191 criminals were refused entry last month, while 183 had been refused entry in April 1991.