REPORT: Trump’s plan to stem border crossings gets results
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President Donald Trump’s plan to force Mexico to stem the flow of migrants across the southwest border of the U.S. appears to be working.
Border arrests, a metric for illegal crossings, plummeted to 51,000 in August, according to preliminary government figures obtained by POLITICO Wednesday, down more than 60 percent since a peak in May. And border watchers say it’s largely because of an agreement Trump struck with Mexico in June. Mexican authorities, backed by the newly formed National Guard, are now cracking down on migrants traversing Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, monitoring river crossings and stopping buses carrying migrants from Central America through Mexico. At the same time, the U.S. is making tens of thousands of asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their applications are considered.
The article goes on to state the following:
The decline in border traffic — if sustained — could amount to a major victory for Trump as he heads into the 2020 election. Perhaps more important, the experimental measures taken by his administration could reshape immigration enforcement for years to come.
“I think that they are getting exactly what they said they would get, by forcing the hand of Mexico,” said Oscar Chacón, executive director of Chicago-based pro-migrant group Alianza Americas. “But the question is, ‘Is it sustainable?’”
According to the official report by Customs and Border Protection, the total number of apprehensions and inadmissibles for the month of August 2019 was 64,006 – up from 46,719 in August 2018, and up from 30,582 in August 2017.
Border crossings in August plummeted to just 51,000
Down 60% since 133,000 in May!@realDonaldTrump‘s historic deal with Mexico is achieving real results
RT if you’re sick of Mexico doing more to protect our country than Democrats! https://t.co/KGFS1IEynk
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 8, 2019
GOP Congressman Steve Scalise (La.) tweeted in response to the Politico report, “Thanks to @realDonaldTrump and the work Republicans did in Congress, border arrests—a measure of illegal crossings—are down more than 60% since May. Now it’s time to finish building the wall to truly secure our southern border and protect our communities.”
Thanks to @realDonaldTrump and the work Republicans did in Congress, border arrests—a measure of illegal crossings—are down more than 60% since May. Now it’s time to finish building the wall to truly secure our southern border and protect our communities. https://t.co/x1N8LXY1KX
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) September 8, 2019
Mexico isn’t paying for the border wall. But it’s enforcing its own border laws and holding asylum-seekers, which helps reduce illegal immigration into the US and potentially gives Trump a policy victory
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) September 8, 2019
Border arrests are plummeting after Trump crackdownhttps://t.co/CEVOaMUQZP
— POLITICO (@politico) September 9, 2019
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