By Steve Neavling
Border Patrol saw a significant decline in apprehensions in August, a rare decrease for the month.
The number of undocumented migrants detained for trying to cross the U.S. border in August dropped 22% over July. The decline was even more significant in the San Diego sector, where apprehensions dropped 43% compared to July.
Last year, August apprehensions were higher than July’s.
“This is not due to a seasonal decline,” Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison told reporters Thursday .
Harrison said the decline is likely due to more enforcement from partners, including the newly created Mexico National Guard.
“This is a welcome relief and an indication that our efforts and those of our partners are having significant positive effects,” Harrison said.