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PoliticsTrump says border initiatives working, cites drop in illegal crossings

15:25  19 september  2019
15:25  19 september  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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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 border crossers.

Morgan credited President Donald Trump 's "unprecedented network of initiatives ," including the push to have Border Patrol apprehensions, a measure of illegal crossings , dropped around In August 2018, for example, around 37,520 people were arrested for illegally crossing the border , compared

President Trump, in an exclusive interview airing on "Fox & Friends" on Thursday morning, said maneuvers taken by his administration to secure the U.S.-Mexico border have resulted in a major drop in illegal crossings and a safer working environment for Border Patrol agents.

"We wish we had help from the Democrats in Congress, but they said they want open borders," the president said during the wide-ranging interview with Fox News' Ed Henry. "They don't want this. They want criminals to come in."

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What was said . “What the president reiterated again yesterday, and he has said every day from when he sought this office, is we have a crisis of illegal immigration.”. — Vice President Mike Pence, meeting with members of Congress on Wednesday.

The Trump administration ramped up arrests of undocumented immigrants in 2017, but the number of deportations fell below even the lowest level recorded That is largely because the number of people caught crossing the border illegally plummeted to the lowest level since 1971, according to the

Illegal immigration has been a key topic at recent Democratic debates and the difference between Trump's vision and the Democratic field could not be clearer. Some Democratic candidates want to eliminate the law that makes it illegal to enter into the U.S. without permission. They include Sen. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Trump’s claim that illegal border crossings are down could be based off preliminary government figures obtained by Politico earlier this month that said the numbers are down 60 percent since the peak in May.

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Much of the credit for the drop was given to Trump’s agreement with the Mexican government in June that resulted in the country intercepting migrants from Central America before reaching the border.

“I think that they are getting exactly what they said they would get, by forcing the hand of Mexico,” one immigration expert from a pro-migrant group told Politico. “But the question is, ‘Is it sustainable?’”

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