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Illegal Border Crossings From Mexico Down 40%

by Andrew V. Pestano, UPI:

March 9 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said there was a 40 percent decrease in illegal crossings from Mexico into the United States from January to February.

Citing data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Kelly said the “unprecedented decline in traffic” — which is measured by the apprehension and the prevention of entry of people illegally entering the United States — “shows a marked change in trends” since President Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, particularly since he took office.

“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 the last five years,” Kelly wrote in a statement on Wednesday. “This change in the trend line is especially significant because CBP historically sees a 10-20 percent increase in apprehensions of illegal immigrants from January to February. Instead, this year we saw a drop from 31,578 to 18,762 persons — a 40 percent decline.”

On Jan. 25, Trump signed an executive order to strip federal grant money from so-called “sanctuary cities” — U.S. municipalities that protect undocumented immigrants from federal prosecution. Trump’s order also seeks to hire 10,000 additional immigration officers, to build more detention centers and to prioritize undocumented immigrants for deportation.

Kelly also said that due to changes in U.S. policy, “coyotes” — human smugglers hired to traffic people into the United States — have also increased their fees by about 130 percent, from $3,500 to $8,000. The higher price means fewer immigrants will likely pay to cross illegally, Kelly suggested.

“The decrease is also encouraging news because it means many fewer people are putting themselves and their families at risk of exploitation, assault and injury by human traffickers and the physical dangers of the treacherous journey north,” Kelly wrote.

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1 comment to Illegal Border Crossings From Mexico Down 40%

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    40% reduction is a good start, but it not only needs to be ZERO illegals coming into the country, but the flow needs to go back from where it came from.

    We need to push between 10-20 million illegals out of our nation. And when the “parent” is pushed out? Make sure we do NOT break up the family, and send the CHILDREN out with their mother, (even if the kids were born here, ship em out). And if the kids are banned from going to Mexico (etc) with mommy? Then confiscate enough money, land, homes, etc, from Mommy to PAY for those kids until they are old enough to work. Issue them work permits as soon as possible.

    How about if we pay NO more benefits to “illegals” than their HOME country would pay to an illegal American living over there!!!

    Ban the welfare for all illegals. Don’t forget to ban welfare for the muslims too.

    Heck, just ban welfare for all “able bodied adults”, and make them work for those benefits.

    Yes, I know we don’t have enough jobs, so welfare is really needed, but nobody (but handicappers) can sit on their ass and collect benefits without putting in some decent “work-fare” hours.

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