For the first time in six months, the number of people detained at the U.S. border with Mexico declined significantly, the Washington Times reported. Officials have credited President Donald Trump’s deal to get help from Mexico as one reason for the decline.
Others say that the brutal summer heat at the border causes declines to happen every year at this time. About 37,500 fewer people were apprehended at the border in June.
The number apprehended was still roughly double that of December, which was significantly higher than when Trump took office in 2017. It’s possible that the attention brought to the border has caused more people to decide to come into the U.S., or that people in other countries are encouraging the migration.
Only about 13,000 people per month were being apprehended when Trump took office. In May, 132,000 were apprehended.
The decline is a start, but far more needs to be done to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers streaming to our borders. Why is Congress standing in the way of any real efforts at fixing this problem?
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