Offbeat Illegal border crossings decrease for the first time in 2018

08:55  07 july  2018
08:55  07 july  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times). Fewer people were caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally in June than in the previous three months, the first time the number of arrivals decreased in 2018 .

May 16, 2018 . What was said. When Mr. Trump has made various claims about a decline in illegal border crossings in the past, he has tended to selectively choose points of time that showed the most drastic drops.

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SAN DIEGO - Fewer people were caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally in June than in the previous three months, the first time the number of arrivals decreased in 2018.

The number of people caught crossing decreased about 15 percent from May to June, according to data from Customs and Border Protection. Border Patrol agents apprehended 40,344 people crossing the Southwest border illegally in May and 34,114 people in June.

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Illegal crossings dropped during the first few months of the Trump administration in 2017 due to While numbers from Central America rise, the number of Mexicans crossing the border illegally has Improved educational and job opportunities in Mexico may explain the decrease in Mexicans

The number of people coming to ports of entry along the border without documents necessary to come into the U.S., called "inadmissibles" by CBP, also dropped about 27 percent, from 11,568 in May to 8,451 in June.

Along the California border, arrivals mirrored the borderwide trend from May to June. Border Patrol agents apprehended 5,343 people along the California border in June, a 12 percent drop from the 6,102 apprehended in May. The number of inadmissibles along the California border dropped 30 percent from 3,302 in May to 2,296 in June.

The Trump administration pointed to its zero tolerance policy, implemented at the beginning of May, as a reason for the decline.

"DHS will continue to enforce the rule of law and uphold our nation's immigration laws as passed by Congress," said Tyler Houlton, spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security. "As we have said before, the journey north is dangerous and puts individuals in the hands of smugglers and traffickers. We continue to call on Congress to address the crisis at the border by closing legal loopholes that drive illegal immigration."

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The number of people illegally crossing the U.S. southern border has dropped 40 percent in President Trump’s first full month in office, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol reported that the number of illegal border crossings dropped from

View of the U.S.-Mexico border fence at Border Field State Park on May 7, 2018 in San Ysidro, CA. According to a Trump adviser, the president was warned this spring that illegal border crossings were likely to increase. Trump said at the time he would not be satisfied with any such surge and

Under the zero tolerance policy, DHS refers everyone caught crossing the border illegally to the Department of Justice for prosecution. (That does not include inadmissibles at ports of entry, who are not attempting to cross without inspection.)

Previously, prosecutors focused on repeat offenders, and asylum seekers and families caught crossing went through the immigration system to determine whether they would be allowed to stay in the country but often did not face criminal charges.

In its first month, the zero tolerance policy caused families to be split as parents were sent for criminal prosecution and their children went to facilities intended for youth who arrived at the border alone. The administration hoped the policy would keep migrants from coming to the U.S., particularly asylum seekers from Central America.

After public outcry over the separations, President Donald Trump adjusted the policy on June 20 so that families would be held in custody together.

Nearly 35,000 arrested crossing border illegally in June

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The red line depicts fiscal year 2018 . (Screenshot/Customs and Border Protection). Since May last year, the number of illegal crossings have slowly been climbing and have since reached previous levels. The jump in March, however, is the first major spike in Trump’s presidency.

Aside from illegal border crossings , 7,810 people arrived at an official Canadian point of entry — land, marine or air — and applied for asylum status in the first four months of 2018 .

The Department of Health and Human Services has said that about 3,000 children were separated from parents and placed in its custody. Those families have not been reunited. A judge's order from a class-action lawsuit over the issue called for parents and children to be reunited before the end of July.

Though some families were split both at ports of entry and when caught crossing illegally before the zero tolerance policy went into effect, June's totals suggest that the policy may have deterred families from deciding to cross.

The number of family members caught illegally crossing the border dropped more than the overall change in illegal border crossings. Border Patrol agents apprehended 4,836 people who were crossing with family in June, a 49 percent drop from the 9,485 family members apprehended in June.

The number of family members found inadmissible at ports of entry decreased about 32 percent from 4,718 in May to 3,230 in June, similar to the overall trend.

Since at least December, asylum seekers have often had to wait weeks for the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego to have room to process them. Those lines out the door have recently spread to other parts of the border with officials in Texas and Arizona also making asylum seekers wait in Mexico.

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“In the first full month of my administration following the issuance of my executive orders, illegal immigration on our southern border fell by an unprecedented 40 percent. ” It’s worth noting that illegal border crossings increased in the fall of 2016 © 2018 The New York Times Company.

CreditMatthew Busch for The New York Times . The number of undocumented immigrants caught along the southwest United States border fell significantly last month, which the Trump administration said Wednesday was a sign that its hard line on illegal immigration might already be discouraging

It's not clear whether the lower numbers are due to fewer arrivals or slower processing. If families, after hearing about the possibility of separation, chose to come to a port of entry to ask for asylum instead of crossing illegally to request protection, they might not have been counted yet.

Organizations that monitor Southwest border migration said factors besides the zero tolerance policy could have contributed to the overall month-to-month changes.

It's common for numbers to decline from May to June because migrants are less likely to attempt the journey in hot summer months, according to Adam Isacson of the Washington Office on Latin America.

"Border Patrol almost always measures fewer migrant apprehensions in June compared to May," Isacson said. "A seasonal drop is normal: It's scorchingly, dangerously hot in the arid deserts along the southwest border."

Since at least 2000, the only year Border Patrol apprehensions went up between May and June was in 2017, when arrivals increased steadily over the summer after dropping sharply at the beginning of Trump's term in office. Every other year saw a decrease going into the summer.

Vicki Gaubeca of the Southern Border Communities Coalition said migration often trends down this time of year because of crop harvest schedules as well.

If the zero tolerance policy did deter some would-be border crossers, that isn't likely to last, Gaubeca said, because it doesn't address the root causes that push people to migrate.

Families may have reconsidered before crossing the border after hearing about family separations, she said.

"The reason they're coming is they want to ensure their families are protected from the violence that they're fleeing from," Gaubeca said. "They're terrified of being separated from their kids. I'm not sure we'd want to be proud of that."

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58 children reunited as government reconnects families .
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