CBP Data Shows 24% Drop In US-Mexico Border Arrests

CBP Data Shows 24% Drop In US-Mexico Border Arrests From June To July. According to CNN News, US immigration officials apprehended fewer migrants along the US-Mexico border in July than they did in July a steady decline since the May high, according to data released on Thursday by US Customs and Border Protection. According to the data, almost 72,000 arrests was made in July along the southern border, down about 24% from 94,908 made in June. The dip in arrests is in accordance with the 28% drop in apprehensions in June starting from May, which is recorded as the highest month in more than a decade. But the new figure is significantly higher from where it stood last July.

CBP Data Shows 24% Drop In US-Mexico Border Arrests From June To July

There was a 43% drop in total apprehensions and encounters along the border from May to July, according to the newly released data. While the situation is improving, we are still in full-blown crisis, acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan said. The numbers came two months after Mexico, in the wake of a tariff threat from President Donald Trump, signed a deal with the US, which included an agreement by Mexico to take “unprecedented steps” to increase enforcement and curb irregular migration. Although, during the hot summer months, a dip in border crossings is very common. Morgan denied that the decrease was as a result of the seasonal trends.

Earlier this week, a Senior Border Patrol Official told CNN;

“we will wait till end of August to see whether trend holds. A combination of factors contributed to the reduction, including Mexico’s enforcement efforts and the continued rollout of the Migration Protection Protocols, whereby migrants are returned to Mexico to await their immigration proceedings.”

The CBP official said on Wednesday, “In the past months, US Customs and Border Protection had reassigned 731 officers from ports of entry nationwide to support US Border Patrol sectors along the southwest border where apprehensions of family units and unaccompanied children from Central America had overwhelmed Border Patrol capabilities and facilities.” 

He added that the total number of CBP officers allocated was dictated by the operational need required by the United States Border Patrol to help relieve the strain.

Morgan credited the $4.5 billion emergency supplemental funds that was provided this summer by Congress for curbing the time migrants spend in Border Patrol custody.

The number of unaccompanied children in Border Patrol custody on the southern border went from a peak of 2,700 in mid-June to fewer than 160 this week.

According to Brian Hasting, the chief law enforcement operations for Border Patrol said the average time in custody for single adults is 69 hours, down from around 300 hours last month. 50 hours is the average time in custody for all migrants.

Morgan also cited that, “Our facilities are like police stations. They are processing centers. They were never built, designed, nor should they be locations where children should be in.

He also touted the Mexico-supported Migrant Protection Protocols program as aiding the decline at the border. To date, almost 30,000 migrants are waiting in Mexico in the program.