The number of migrants detained after crossing the Southwest border dropped in June for the first time this year.
Homeland Security announced a 28% decline in apprehensions from the previous month, with about 104,000 migrants detained in June.
While the flow of migrants typically slows down in the hotter summer months, the decline was steeper than expected. The number of apprehensions so far this year is 140% higher than the same time period last year.
“We are still in an ongoing border security and humanitarian crisis,” the department said in a statement. “We are past the breaking point and in a full-blown emergency. This situation should not be acceptable to any of us.”
The influx of migrants has caused crowded, unsanitary conditions at detention centers.