Customs and Border Protection officers stopped 15,780 people trying to cross the southwest border last month, the fewest in the last six years, according to the latest statistics published by the agency.
The numbers continue a sharp decline since President Donald Trump took office and indicate that border jumping has fallen dramatically. Experts generally consider that for every person apprehended, one makes it past border defenses.
“Even though Congress did not fund those priorities, the fact that he keeps talking about it means the word gets around the world.”
Immigration hawks attributed the decline to Trump’s get-tough rhetoric, backed up by stiffer enforcement measures. The numbers have fallen even though Congress has not appropriated money for a border wall and even though it is soon for additional Border Patrol officers to have hit the field.
“It’s an extension of the president’s tough talk on immigration enforcement,” said Chris Chmielenski, director of content and activism and NumbersUSA. “Even though Congress did not fund those priorities, the fact that he keeps talking about it means the word gets around the world.”
Border Patrol agents nabbed 11,129 people trying to crash the border in April. Customs agents stopped another 4,651 people trying to pass through a customs station with false documents, by hiding in a vehicle or some other means. The total of 15,780 people stopped represents a 5 percent drop from March. Compared with April 2016, border apprehensions are down 67 percent.
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