Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez said Thursday that the drop in border detentions for the second month in a row is proof that the agreement with Mexico to stop the flow of immigrants is working.
“It’s absolute proof. Unquestionably, an agreement with the government of Mexico that was literally unprecedented by way of the degree of cooperation, the commitment they’ve made, to enforce and go down in numbers with their National Guard and law enforcement along their border … [with] Guatemala,” Perez told Fox & Friends.
The Mexican government reported on Wednesday that, since they made the immigration agreement with the Trump administration, 19,005 illegal immigrants have been intercepted on Mexican soil on their way to the United States.
During the Thursday morning conference, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reported that tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants were traveling mainly in buses and trucks, often in overcrowded conditions.
“The trucks are our primary concern,” Lopez Obrador said in reference to the dangerous conditions in which immigrants generally travel.
The majority of these immigrants are Hondurans (6662), but there are also Guatemalans (3787) and Salvadorans (1896), said Marcelo Ebrard, the Mexican secretary of Foreign Affairs, at the same conference.
The United States and Mexico made an immigration agreement in June following President Donald Trump’s warning that he would begin imposing tariffs on Mexican imports if they continued to be passive about immigration.
In June, the Mexican president sent more than 20,000 National Guard and police troops to the southern and northern borders to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants.
Returning to the United States and referring to the accusations that the border patrol is receiving from Democratic representatives of Congress that there is a “dehumanizing culture” on the southern border and in detention centers, official Robert Perez said in the same Fox News program:
“From my perspective, 26 years-plus of being in this business, policy debates are perfectly acceptable. The vilification of law enforcement professionals, not appreciating and understanding, frankly, what these dedicated public servants are doing every day, taking a sworn oath to protect their communities to put the lives of others before their own.”
“Our border patrol agents alone have rescued over 4,000 people in the middle of the deserts, in running dangerous rivers just this year. That is what’s really concerning to me,” he added.