Border Patrol officials are giving President Donald Trump the credit after a report released this week showed a drop of nearly 73 percent in apprehensions at the U.S.- Mexico border in the last five months.
“This administration has implemented critical policies and reached important agreements with our partners in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala that have resulted in the fifth consecutive month of reduced apprehensions on the Southwest border,” acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said.
This Administration has implemented critical policies and reached important agreements with our partners in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala that have resulted in the fifth consecutive month of reduced apprehensions on the Southwest border. https://t.co/0RT76QqGNn
— Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) November 15, 2019
The new report indicated the number of apprehensions at the border peaked in May with 132,856 illegal aliens and plummeted to just 35,444 in October, reported the BIZPACReview.
“Defying typical, seasonal trends, enforcement actions declined in October for the first time in seven years. CBP’s total enforcement actions on our Southwest border declined by 14 percent in October, compared to September, for a total of 45,250. This number reflects a 19-percent decline in the number of inadmissible aliens at U.S. ports of entry, and a 12 percent decline in Border Patrol apprehensions,” according to CBP.
Those figures show that President Donald Trump’s various attempts at curbing illegal immigration such as the deployment of Mexico’s newly formed National Guard along the country’s northern and southern borders, the Remain in Mexico program and other tough policies have been effective.
“When the Mexican National Guard deployed on the southern side of the Rio Grande, traffic across the border virtually stopped,” a Border Patrol agent told Breitbart Texas on Thursday, Nov. 14. “We still see crossings along the river, but it has dropped from more than 1,000 per day to only about 200.”
“These are positive results, but Congress must pass meaningful legislation to stop the exploitation of vulnerable families and children, and bring integrity back to our broken immigration system,” Morgan said.
Last month, during a press briefing at the White House, Morgan blamed congressional Democrats for inaction on the surge of migrants at the border, saying that “while Congress has failed to support a single piece of legislation, even introducing it to the floor, we have addressed the crisis.”