Massive Drop in Border Crossings Since Crisis Peaked in May

Trump’s big stick threat of tariffs has forced the Mexican government to start policing their southern and northern borders. The Mexican government is doing more to protect our borders than the slackers in our Congress.

Source: Washington Examiner

The number of people arrested for illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico dropped for a third month in a row in August, down 62% from the May peak of 132,870 apprehensions, according to government documents reviewed by the Washington Examiner.

A total of 50,693 people were taken into custody at the southwest border during August, the lowest tally since January, when the number rose drastically as tens of thousands of families began arriving each month. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency to Border Patrol, is expected to announce the August numbers late this week or early next week.

The apprehensions include asylum-seeking families who surrendered to agents as well as others who tried to evade capture but were arrested in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. The number is now more on trend with the average number of people brought in per month over the past five years.

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.

A senior administration official said the massive drop in U.S. arrests was due to “the work done by the Mexicans.”

Massive Drop in Border Crossings Since Crisis Peaked in May

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