The president hasn’t built the wall yet, but arrests of people caught trying to sneak into the United States from across the Mexican border have dramatically plummeted in the last month. The number arrested is the lowest in more than 17 years, said the head of the Department of Homeland Security. It is certainly a sign that fewer immigrants are making the trip to the United States. And Secretary Kelly, of the Department of Homeland Security, said that the significant decline in arrests is “no accident” and gave the credit to President Trump’s focus on illegal immigration.
The numbers were reported in written testimony submitted to a Senate committee, and the Associated Press got a copy of Kelly’s statement. Trump’s administration has not yet changed how the border is patrolled, but apparently, his tough talk on immigration, his plans to build a border wall and his increased arrests of immigrants living here illegally have actually become deterrents.
Some doubt whether the decline will last because people caught trying to make it across the border always increases during the warmer months of the year. And they also say that it is possible that some migrants rushed to the border right after the election before Trump took office. Some may also be waiting to see how all of Trump’s plans develop before making the trek.
But in his testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Kelly said fewer than 12,500 people were caught crossing the border illegally last month. The number in December was 43,000. Kelly also told the Senate lawmakers that the number of families and children traveling alone, a group that accounted for literally hundreds of thousands of illegal border crossers in recent years, also declined dramatically.
The news of steep decreases in arrests at our border came on the same day that proposals for Trump’s border wall were due to the government. Last month the Customs and Border Protection published two notices for private companies to bid on building the wall. The government is going to have the most successful bidders make prototypes in San Diego this year before they select the final design. The prototype is to be 30 feet long and 30 feet high.
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