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Dramatic drop of illegal border crossers since Trump took office.

Statistics released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on May 9 indicate that the flow of illegal immigration across our southwestern border has declined dramatically since President Donald Trump took office in January. During the first three full months of Trump's administration, 42,000 illegal border crossers were taken into custody, compared to nearly 133,000 apprehended during the same period a year ago.

In a statement cited by AFP, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesman David Lapan credited tougher surveillance and enforcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (a DHS agency) but said that DHS anticipates a possible increase in coming months, following the winter.

Despite the decrease in illegals apprehended, Lapan said DHS still wants to add as many as 5,000 more immigration enforcement staff, saying, "We still have shortages" in border enforcement personnel.

A May 9 Washington Times report noted that illegal immigration across the southwestern border is down 76 percent since Trump took office. Total apprehensions by the Border Patrol fell to 11,129 in April, the lowest monthly total for any month in 17 years. The Times quoted DHS's Lapan, who said: "A lot of the discussion about changes in our enforcement policy and the way we are going about doing business, we believe that has deterred people. When you get here, it is likely you are going to get caught. You are going to be returned to your country."

The latest figures continue a trend we reported about in March, when we cited a March 8 statement from DHS Secretary John Kelly noting that CBP had released data showing a 40-percent drop in apprehensions of illegal immigrants from January to February. The number of illegal aliens apprehended during that period fell from 31,578 to 18,762 persons.

Kelly observed: "The drop in apprehensions shows a marked change in trends. Since the Administration's implementation of Executive Orders to enforce immigration laws, apprehensions and inadmissible activity is trending toward the lowest monthly total in at least the last five years."

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Title Annotation:Inside Track
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 5, 2017
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