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US Border Patrol Arrests Continue To Drop In August 

US Border Patrol Arrests Continue To Drop In August with almost 51,000 migrants arrested. In accordance with the preliminary data which proves that US Border apprehended around 51,000 people on the US-Mexico border in August, reported by a source at the border patrol who is familiar with the data. The numbers in the month of August shows a rapid and consistent decline in arrests since the spring and it comes as the Trump administration continue to push forward numerous controversial policies that are intended to help stem the flow of migrants who are arriving at the southern border. An influx of migrant families and children, predominantly from Central America, strained resources along the border as severe overcrowding took hold earlier this summer.

US Border Patrol Arrests Continue To Drop In August With Approximately 51,000 Arrested

In line with the preliminary data, Border Patrol apprehensions, a measure of illegal crossings, dropped around 30% from 71,999 in July to around 51,000 in August. On Wednesday, the acting Secretary of the Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan appearing alongside the US President Donald Trump in the White House, said that, “preliminary border statistics indicate a reduction of over 50% from May to today.” The statistics is expected to be released early next week.

Since the High of May, the August numbers mark a significant decrease of more than 130,000 arrests, however, this still remains higher than any month in the past fiscal years. Thousands of migrants arriving at the southern border turn themselves into Border Patrol upon arrival on the US soil.

Politico first reported on the August apprehension numbers. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which releases monthly border arrest numbers, does not comment on preliminary data. On Wednesday, McAleenan also praised “continued partnership with Mexico,” regional support from Central American countries to combat irregular migration and enhance border security. “The wall is being built. Its going up rapidly,” Trump added.

Trump administration has replaced as well as revamped sections of wall, however, as of August no new miles of wall had been built where none previously existed. Trump administration informed Congress last month of their plans to shift at least $155 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief fund in order to render support for its policy of returning some migrants to Mexico in order to await their immigration court proceedings in the US.

Also, the US President Donald Trump thanked Mexico for its efforts to reduce illegal migration to the US border, claiming that “they have 25,000 soldiers right now protecting our border and they’ve done a very fantastic job.” In an interview, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said, authorities of the US and Mexico will meet in 45 days in Washington for the purpose of coming together again to evaluate the effort of Mexico in the fight against illegal immigration in the southern border of the United States.

In a bid to defend the administration’s move to reprogram FEMA funds to the US-Mexico border even in The midst of Hurricane Dorian, Trump said on Wednesday that, ” We need assistance on the border, the numbers are really good.”

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday authorized the transfer of $3.6 billion in military construction funds for the project of 11 wall on the southern border with Mexico, according to a letter from Esper to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Lawmakers immediately slammed the move. Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader called the decision “a slap in the face” to service members.

Last month, acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan in reference to the High number of arrest in July said that, “While the situation was improving, we are still in a full-blown crisis.” A US Border Patrol official said a combination of factors also contributed to the drop in the arrests this summer, which include Mexico’s enforcement efforts and the continued rollout of the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP), whereby migrants are returned to Mexico to await their immigration proceedings.