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Border Patrol Apprehensions Plummet Since Trump Took Office

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol apprehensions plummeted 40% since Donald Trump was sworn into office, a sign that his tough talk on immigration may be working.

“This trend is encouraging 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,” Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in a statement, McClatchy reports

In February, Border Patrol apprehended 18,762 people, a steep decline over the 31,578 detained in January.

McClatchy wrote:

One month of statistics does not necessarily reflect a new trend, but the drop is significant considering border agents apprehended more family members entering the United States along the Southwest border in fiscal year 2016 than they did in 2014, when tens of thousands of migrants from Central America flooded the U.S. border fleeing poverty and violence.

Raising even more questions about the Obama administration’s part enforcement, part humanitarian assistance strategy, both family apprehensions and detentions of unaccompanied children increased dramatically last year, with family apprehensions nearly doubling and the number children traveling without parents increasing 52 percent.

Trump’s blunt approach, at least, initially appears to be having a dramatic impact.

Supporters certainly will credit the decrease to tougher policies and a clearer statement from the administration that it’s serious about being tough on illegal immigration. Advocates won’t disagree, but are likely to note that the drop might also be attributable to new strategies on the part of migrants and smugglers responding to the administration’s tactics.

Illegal Immigration This Year Already Exceeds Totals from Last Year

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of undocumented immigrants sneaking into the U.S. this year has already surpassed 2015 with two months until the fiscal year ends, the Washington Times reports. 

During the first 10 months of the fiscal year, more than 332,000 people were caught at the border, exceeding last year’s numbers.

Federal authorities report a renewed interest in crossing the border, especially among children and families from Central America. The increase apparently has been spurred by violence at home and hopes of being granted amnesty.

“Overall apprehensions by the Border Patrol in July along our southwest border — an indicator of total attempts to cross the border illegally — fell during the month of July, although apprehensions of unaccompanied children and family units increased somewhat from June. These trends are generally in line with seasonal patterns we have observed in previous years,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Homeland Security agency that oversees the Border Patrol, said in releasing the numbers.

Sharp Rise in Border Patrol Apprehensions along New Mexico Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol is experiencing a sharp increase in apprehensions at the New Mexico border, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

The Border Patrol took into custody nearly 8,000 people for illegally crossing the border in fiscal 2013 – compared to about 5,700 in fiscal 2012.

Although the New Mexico numbers were on the rise, Texas and Tucson saw declines, Albuquerque Journal wrote.

It may be the success in places like Tucson that are prompting immigrants to try the New Mexico border, said Joe Romero, acting special operations supervisor in the Border Patrol El Paso sector’s public affairs office..

“The success of neighboring sectors, such as Tucson Sector, may lead people away from that area in hopes of possibly finding a greater chance for success in our area,” Romero said in an emailed response to questions from the Albuquerque Journal.

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Border Patrol Agents Make About 420,000 Arrests Last Budget Year – a 15% Increase

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents arrested more than 420,000 people – a 15% increase – in the past budget year that ended in September, the Associated Press reports.

This is the second consecutive year for an uptick in arrests following a 40-year low in apprehensions in 2011, the AP wrote.

The arrests represent about 320,000 different people.

Largely to blame for the increase are arrests from people in countries other than Mexico, the AP reported.