Border Patrol gives credit to Trump for 73% drop in apprehensions in five months

Border Patrol officials are giving President Donald Trump the credit for a nearly 100,000 drop in the number of apprehensions of migrants illegally crossing the border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released its Southwest Border Migration Report this week which indicated a drop of nearly 73 percent in apprehensions in the last five months, a shift that seems to be directly related to Trump’s policies.

(DHS photo by Jetta Disco)

“This Administration has implemented critical policies and reached important agreements with our partners in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala that have resulted in the fifth consecutive month of reduced apprehensions on the Southwest border,” Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan said.

The number of migrants who illegally crossed the border and were apprehended peaked in May with 132, 856.

(Image: screenshot CBP.gov)

But the numbers dropped dramatically to just 35,444 in October.

(Image: screenshot CBP.gov)

The newly-formed National Guard in Mexico which has been deployed along the country’s northern and southern borders has played an important role in the decline in numbers. But Border Patrol agents also noted that Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program and other tough policies have been a major factor in the shift in border apprehensions.

Trump announced his historic immigration deal in June as he suspended the tariffs against Mexico and achieved cooperation from the nation’s leaders to accept all asylum seekers, including those who step foot inside the United States either legally or illegally.

“When the Mexican National Guard deployed on the southern side of the Rio Grande, traffic across the border virtually stopped,” a Border Patrol agent told Breitbart Texas on Thursday. “We still see crossings along the river, but it has dropped from more than 1,000 per day to only about 200.”

Del Rio Sector Border Patrol officials also credited the decline in numbers to the Migrant Protection Protocol. Asylum seekers must now wait in Mexico while their immigration cases are being processed in the U.S.

According to the Border Patrol Report:

Defying typical, seasonal trends, enforcement actions declined in October for the first time in seven years. CBP’s total enforcement actions on our Southwest border declined by 14 percent in October, compared to September, for a total of 45,250.

This number reflects a 19-percent decline in the number of inadmissible aliens at U.S. ports of entry, and a 12 percent decline in Border Patrol apprehensions.

“These are positive results, but Congress must pass meaningful legislation to stop the exploitation of vulnerable families and children, and bring integrity back to our broken immigration system,” Morgan said in the CBP press release.

A total of 851,508 people were apprehended in fiscal year 2019 between ports of entry on the Southwest Border, CBP reported. In addition, the report indicated that 47,000 pounds of drugs were seized on our southwest border by CBP last month.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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