The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has reported plummeting illegal border crossings in 2017. The CBP’s release of March statistics on apprehensions and inadmissibles showed that many people aren’t even attempting to cross the border in the face of a tougher stance on illegal immigration by the Trump administration. This is in stark contrast to a surge of illegal immigration at the end of 2016 as border crossers–presumably–attempted to cross while the Obama administration was still in power.
The CBP writes of the drastic declines in crossings:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continues to see a sharp decline in the number of individuals apprehended along the Southwest border, as well as a decrease in those found inadmissible at ports of entry on the Southwest border. In March 2017, 16,600 individuals were apprehended or deemed inadmissible, this is a 30% decrease from February 2017, and a 64% decrease from the same month in FY2016.
Since the Administration’s implementation of Executive Orders to enforce immigration laws, the drop in apprehensions shows a marked change in trends.
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