Thursday, May 11, 2017

Illegal Border Crossers Decline in Trump's Term; 42K Crossers Nabbed in 1st 3 Mos.,133K Yr. Ago

Statistics released by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) on May 9 indicate that the flow of illegal immigration across the southwestern border of the U.S. declined dramatically since Donald Trump took office in January, The New American website reports today (May 11, 2017).

During the first three full months of Trump's administration, 42,000 illegal border crossers were taken into custody, compared to nearly 133,000 apprehensions during the same period a year ago.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesman David Lapan credited tougher surveillance and enforcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (a DHS agency) for the decline in border crossers.

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.

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