By: Zack Duvall
New figures released today by various security agencies, including Customs and Border Patrol, show that illegal crossings on America’s southern border have dropped 40% during the Trump administration’s first full month. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Thursday that the number of illegal crossings had dropped from 31,578 to 18,762 during a time, January-February, when crossings usually see a 10-20% increase.
“The drop in apprehension shows a marked change in trends. Since the administration’s implementation of executive orders to enforce immigration laws, apprehensions and inadmissible activity is trending toward the lowest monthly total in at least five years.” Kelly said during the press conference.
Just days after taking office on Jan. 20, President Trump signed into action various orders dealing with the issue of illegal immigration and the enforcement of the laws pertaining to the matter. The first of the orders was the authorizing of the building of a wall along the southern border of the United States. The second, was an order calling for the hiring of 10,000 additional ICE agents and 5,000 more Border Patrol agents to fast-track increased security measures and planned deportations.
“We will remain vigilant to respond to any changes in these trends, as numbers of illegal crossings typically increase between March and May. However, the early results show that enforcement matters, and that comprehensive immigration enforcement can make an impact.” Kelly said.
The numbers for the March-May period are expected to be released sometime during the first week of May.