Illegal Border Crossings Decreased 40 Percent During Trump’s First Month

 

Illegal Border Crossings Decreased 40 Percent During Trump’s First Month – New American

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Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly (shown on right) issued a statement on March 8 noting that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has 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’s statement 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.”

The DHS head also directed attention to what he regards as an “especially significant” change in the trend line for illegal alien apprehensions. He noted that CBP historically sees a 10-20 percent increase in apprehensions of illegal immigrants from January to February.  Therefore, this year’s 40-percent decline during that period indicates a radical departure from the historic trend.

 

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