US border apprehensions drop for second consecutive month – DHS

WASHINGTON, The US Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) enforcement actions for the month of July showed a more than a 20 percent decrease in US Border Patrol (USBP) apprehensions at the Southwest border for the second month in a row, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said Thursday.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said in this regard “the situation is improving by every available metric,” but stressed that “we remain at and beyond crisis levels in illegal crossings even as our initiatives to address irregular flows and mitigate humanitarian conditions are making an impact.” He indicated “just two months ago, CBP apprehended or encountered 144,000 individuals crossing our border illegally or presenting without documents at Southwest border ports of entry, the highest monthly total in 13 years.” He continued that in July, that number was 82,000, a 43 percent decrease from May and a 21 percent decrease from the June numbers.

The department added that the reductions are due “in large part to the recently signed agreement in June with the Government of Mexico to stem the flow of illegal immigration and the international collaboration with the Northern Triangle countries to dismantle and disrupt alien smuggling organizations.” “While much progress has been made, DHS is still facing an ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at the Southwest border,” he stressed.

Source: Kuwait News Agency