Border Numbers Dip Below 100k For 1st Time In Months

US-Mexico border arrests drop 24% from June to July, CBP data shows

US-Mexico border arrests drop 24% from June to July, CBP data shows

WASHINGTON-The number of migrants encountered by USA authorities at the southern border has dropped below 100,000 for the first time in five months amid increased collaboration with Mexico and Guatemala to crack down on the flow, according to government data released on Thursday, Aug. 8.

In July, there were 82,049 people encountered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, down 21% from June, when there were 104,344 people and down 43% from May.

In June, after Mr. Trump threatened tariffs on Mexico, leaders there agreed to expand the administration's program forcing US asylum seekers to wait on the Mexican side of the border.

Acting CBP commissioner Mark Morgan addresses the ongoing crisis at the border, video of smugglers dismantling border fence. Because of the crush, authorities continue to use temporary shelters to hold migrants immediately after they are taken into custody, and July's apprehension totals were still more than double what they were the previous July.

Although a dip in border crossings is common during the hot summer months, Morgan denied the decrease was due to seasonal trends. The most significant decline was seen in migrants coming from Guatemala - a 41 percent decrease.

The reductions are due in large part to the recently signed agreement in June with the Government of Mexico to stem the flow of illegal immigration and the worldwide collaboration with the Northern Triangle countries to dismantle and disrupt alien smuggling organizations. To date, nearly 30,000 migrants are waiting in Mexico in the program, said Morgan. "And those efforts have been in the immediate wake of the June 7 tariff negotiations".

Also in July, the Trump administration struck a deal with Guatemala for a so-called safe third country agreement that would return asylum-seekers at the USA border to Guatemala to seek asylum there.

President Donald Trump issued strong political and trade threats against Mexico and Guatemala in June and July to encourage their cooperation with Washington to halt the migrant flow.

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The Trump administration also sought to effectively end asylum protections at the southern border, though that effort was blocked temporarily by US courts.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan applauded the decline but said there is still a crisis on the border.

Our partnerships with the countries of the Northern Triangle, especially Guatemala, have been increasingly effective at stemming irregular migratory flows.

It is unclear how long Mexico can keep up the enforcement wave, and should normal migration trends hold, a rise would likely follow the summer decline. We have been able to eliminate long waits in border stations and reduce the number of children in custody at the border. "These are non-sustainable. These are not directed at the root cause of what's going on right now".

In July, U.S. Border Patrol apprehended 71,999 individuals on the Southwest border, bringing the total apprehensions on the Southwest border to 760,370 this year.

The administration has argued that existing protections for migrant children and families, particularly in hindering their swift deportation, places an undue burden on CBP.

The number of family unit and unaccompanied child apprehensions, which have soared this year, dropped by more than half from May to July, they said.

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