Across the government agencies, and out in the field, a break from the increasingly unsustainable numbers was bound to happen sooner or later. U.S. Immigration officials are happy to announce that there has been a significant decrease in the number of people caught trying to cross the border from Mexico.
U.S. immigration officials apprehended roughly 52,000 individuals at the United States’ border with Mexico during September, the fourth month in a row they have recorded a decline in border apprehensions.
Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan announced the new figures during a rare briefing at the White House on Tuesday, saying it represented a 65 percent decline from the peak in May of 144,000 apprehensions.
“This is an unprecedented achievement,” Morgan told reporters, crediting the Trump administration’s efforts to secure the border for the decline.
There is every possibility that these numbers are temporary given the lucrativeness of human and drug trafficking into the United States, but still, that is quite an achievement in such a short time given that the numbers had been steadily increasing.
At the same time, Morgan also announced that the number of migrants taken into custody by U.S. immigration authorities in fiscal 2019 totaled nearly 1 million, marking an 88 percent increase over the previous year.
Undoubtedly some of the decreases can be attributed to efforts by Mexican officials to keep some of the migrants seeking asylum south of the border for us.
In the meantime, the fight is not over and the commissioner had harsh words for lawmakers who have been derelict in their duties.
“We still need Congress to pass meaningful legislation to address our broken legal framework when it comes to immigration,” he said. “And while Congress has failed to bring a single piece of legislation to the floor, this president, this administration is doing exactly what he promised the American people.”
Morgan emphasized that the flow of migrants needs to be further reduced, saying 1,700 daily apprehensions — what the September figure breaks down to per day — is unacceptable despite the reduction. He said he would like to see the apprehensions reduced to a “manageable” 500 per day.
A laudable goal that Congress could take up if they weren’t so heavily involved in impeaching the president for non-crimes and no misdemeanors.