6 Months of Decline: Fewer apprehensions at the U.S. Southwest Border.

  • The U.S. gov’t apprehended 33,510 people crossing the border illegally in November — a 5% decline since October and more than 70% decline since May.
  • Acting Customs & Border Patrol Commissioner Mark Morgan credited the Trump administration’s policies for the decline by deterring potential border-crossers.
  • Morgan also highlighted the sharp decreases in unaccompanied minors and families specifically, and warned others “coming to this country with a child is no longer going to be passport in the United States.”
  • Why It Matters: A major focus of the U.S. gov’t at the U.S. southern border were the numbers of family units and “unaccompanied alien children” (those 17-years-old and younger) crossing the U.S. border illegally. This was an unprecedented issue that led to major challenges for border patrol, and how families and minors would be processed. For perspective, last November more than 25,000 family units were apprehended at the U.S. southern border. This year there were 9,000. That drops matters as it shows progress away from the high numbers of the previous year. However, it remains higher than the family unit numbers seen in 2018.

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