Illegals Crossing Border Drop 40 Percent
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 09, 2017,
Mar 09, 2017, 16:04
Trump campaigned on a threat to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, which he insisted would be funded by Mexico.
The flow of illegal border crossings - measured by apprehensions and the prevention of "inadmissible persons" apprehended at the southern border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection - dropped to 18,762 in February from 31,578 in January, DHS Secretary John Kelly said in a statement. The drop marks a low in illegal crossings not seen since 2011.
Captures during illegal crossings had trended upward from 45,722 in June 2016 when then candidate Trump said he would crack down on illegal crossings from Mexico. This change in the trend line is especially significant because CBP historically sees a 10-20 percent increase in apprehensions of illegal immigrants from January to February, according to DHS.
The downturn came after President Donald Trump took office on January 20 vowing to deport numerous estimated 11 million illegals in the United States.
A total of 23,589 illegal immigrants were apprehended in February by Border Patrol agents between the ports of entry, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas. Secretary Kelly also said that this additional security at the southern border has also increased smuggling fees.
The agency credited the decline to the president's executive order on immigration announced January 25, which includes plans to increase detention space for unauthorized crossers, the fast-tracking of the border wall and order for Customs and Border Protection to immediately hire thousands more Border Patrol and customs agents.
Kelly added, "Additionally, we are seeing an increase in the fees charges by human smugglers along the USA southwest border". "However, the early results show that enforcement matters, deterrence matters, and that comprehensive immigration enforcement can make an impact".