US Southern border arrests drop for fifth straight month from high of 132K to 35K

09:25  15 november  2019
09:25  15 november  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Southern border arrests drop for fifth straight month from high of 132 K to 35 K . Less than an hour after news of a mass shooting at a high school in Southern California broke on Thursday, Democratic candidates for president and other lawmakers were calling for stricter gun control laws.

The number of people arrested for illegally crossing the southern border from Mexico dropped in October for a fifth consecutive month, down 73% after hitting 132,000 arrests in May.

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More than 35,000 people were apprehended by Border Patrol agents for illegally entering Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California between official crossing points last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials told reporters Thursday afternoon.

The October number of arrests was down from around 40,000 in September, 50,000 in August, 71,000 in July, and 94,000 in June. CBP uses the number of arrests as an indicator of how many people tried to illegally enter the country, since it is not able to stop every person who tries.

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WASHINGTON — American immigration officials arrested 2,885 fewer people at the Southwest border last month than in June, the second month in a row that the number of migrants trying to enter the United States has dropped .

Del Rio Sector Border Patrol officials also reported a significant drop in apprehensions over the past few months during an interview on Tuesday. The official credited the Migrant Protection Protocol which returns many migrants seeking asylum to Mexico where they must wait for their asylum hearing.

The number of arrests has dropped significantly since Mexico deployed more federal police and military to the U.S. and Guatemala borders to deter illegal immigration.

In late May, President Trump — frustrated by the lack of legislative action in the U.S. to address the crisis — followed through on a threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports if the country did not take action to deter people passing through Mexico from Central America on the way to the U.S. southern border.

The Mexican government deployed its National Guard to the U.S. border to prevent people from crossing in well-traveled spots. It also sent the Guard and federal police to its southern border with Guatemala to prevent people from entering into Mexico. Other federal law enforcement and military stood up checkpoints along highways in Central Mexico to stop buses of people traveling north. Those without legal documents are arrested and deported.

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Apprehensions and arrests of immigrants attempting to cross the United States’ southern border illegally “Overall, more than 850,000 migrants were apprehended at the border in 2019, a 12-year high for October, though, was the fifth straight month of decline, and even the Oddly enough, the drop may have little to do with President Trump’s signature anti-immigration measure, a border wall.

132,856. 94,902. 71,978. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, a total of 851,508 individuals were apprehended between ports of entry on our Southwest Border . Office of Field Operations Southwest Border Inadmissibles FY 2019.

An additional 9,800 people applied for asylum in October at official crossing points, known by CBP as ports of entry. They did not illegally enter the U.S. and were not arrested.

Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan told reporters at the White House earlier Thursday that the majority of people arrested for coming into the country without permission were adults, not people traveling as a part of a family, marking the first time in more than a year that families were not the majority. He also said Mexican citizens were the most-seen nationality of illegal entrants, not Central Americans.

“We saw a shift — for the first time in nearly 18 months — Mexico was the country of origin for the majority of apprehensions and inadmissible aliens rather than from the Northern Triangle countries, with single adults surpassing families,” Morgan said.

Those taken into custody by Border Patrol are supposed to be held no more than three days in regional stations before being transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Border Patrol saw an average 3,500 people in its stations at a time on a daily basis in October compared to the nearly 20,000 it had in custody at one point in May, Morgan added.

Arrests of people entering without documentation has slowly ticked up from about 300,000 in 1970 to between an average of 1 million and 1.5 million each year from the mid-1980s through 2006, according to Border Patrol data. October’s total of 35,000 is a rate consistent with 420,000 arrests per year.

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