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The latest DHS report shows an unprecedented decline in illegal border crossing traffic resulting in the lowest number of border apprehensions in the last five years. Total border apprehensions decreased by 40% from 31,578 in January to only 18,762 in February.

Notably there was a significant drop in unaccompanied minors (UAC) and family units, which have been surging across the border since 2014. The number of UACs apprehended dropped from 4,417 in January to 1,922 in February. Only 3,124 family units were apprehended in February down from 9,300 in January.

In the report DHS Secretary John Kelly attributed this dramatic decline to Pres. Trump’s immigration policies. "Since the administration's implementation of Executive Orders to enforce immigration laws, apprehensions and inadmissible activity is trending toward the lowest monthly total in at least the last five years," Kelly said in a statement.

In January Pres. Trump signed an executive order that ended Pres. Obama’s catch-and-release policy allowing Border Patrol to promptly remove any illegal alien immediately found to be inadmissible. Under Pres. Obama once apprehended an illegal alien could file an asylum claim and were released into the country while they waited for their court date. Most of those apprehended never showed up for their court hearings.

https://www.numbersusa.com/news/border-apprehensions-drop-5-year-lo...

Southwest Border Migration

March 8, 2017

Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is releasing illegal border crossing data through the month of February and the numbers show an unprecedented decline in traffic. From January to February, the flow of illegal border crossings as measured by apprehensions and the prevention of inadmissible persons at our southern border dropped by 40 percent.

The drop in apprehensions shows a marked change in trends. Since the Administration’s implementation of Executive Orders to enforce immigration laws, apprehensions and inadmissible activity is trending toward the lowest monthly total in at least the last five years. This change in the trend line is especially significant because CBP historically sees a 10-20 percent increase in apprehensions of illegal immigrants from January to February.  Instead, this year we saw a drop from 31,578 to 18,762 persons - a 40 percent decline.

This is encouraging news as in the period from Oct 1, 2016 to the Presidential inauguration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 157,000 apprehensions of illegal immigrants – a 35 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, with family units increasing by more than 100 percent. However, since President Trump took office on January 20, we have seen a dramatic drop in numbers.

The decrease is also encouraging news because it means many fewer people are putting themselves and their families at risk of exploitation, assault and injury by human traffickers and the physical dangers of the treacherous journey north.

Additionally, we are seeing an increase in the fees charged by human smugglers along the U.S. southwest border. Since Nov. 2016, “coyotes” have hiked their fees in some areas by roughly 130 percent - from $3,500 to $8,000 in certain mountainous regions. Changes in U.S. policy, including the detention of apprehended aliens, drive up the smuggling fees.

As directed in my memoranda implementing the President’s executive orders, we remain committed to carrying out fair, impartial and humane enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws. We will remain vigilant to respond to any changes in these trends, as numbers of illegal crossings typically increase between March and May. However, the early results show that enforcement matters, deterrence matters, and that comprehensive immigration enforcement can make an impact.

John F. Kelly
Secretary of Homeland Security

CBP total graph for Feb 2017

*The graphic above lists total apprehensions, which include U.S. Border Patrol Apprehensions (between ports of entry) and Inadmissibles encountered by our Office of Field Operations (at ports of entry).

U.S. Border Patrol Apprehensions FY2017 YTD(October 1 - February 28)

USBP Demographic OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB Total
Southwest Border UAC 6,708 7,350 7,194 4,417 1,922 27,591
Family Units 13,116 15,588 16,139 9,300 3,124 57,267
Southwest Border Total Apprehensions 46,181 47,210 43,255 31,578 18,762 186,986

*Numbers are subject to change during agency reconciliation of individual records, these numbers reflect the current status and numbers as of 3/1/17.

 

In February, a total of 18,762  individuals were apprehended between ports of entry on our Southwest Border, compared with 31,578 in January and 43,255 in December. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, USBP apprehended 408,870 individuals along our southwest border, compared to 331,333 in FY15, and 479,371 in FY14.

For breakdown by Sector, visit USBP Southwest Border Apprehensions by Sector

 

Office of Field Operations Inadmissibles FY2017 YTD(October 1 - February 28)

Field Operations Demographic OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB Total
Southwest Border UAC 1,831 1,438 966 594 266 5,095
Family Units 6,489 5,127 3,867 2,739 1,051 19,273
Southwest Border Total Inadmissibles 20,529 16,153 15,176 10,899 4,808 67,565

*Numbers are subject to change during agency reconciliation of individual records, these numbers reflect the current status and numbers as of 3/2/17.

 

In February, a total of 4,808 people presenting themselves at ports of entry on the Southwest Border were deemed inadmissible compared to 10,899 in January and 15,176 in December.  In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, 150,825 were deemed inadmissible compared to 114,486 in FY15 and 90,601 in FY14.

OFO inadmissibility metrics include individuals encountered at ports of entry who are seeking lawful admission into the United States but are determined to be inadmissible, individuals presenting themselves to seek humanitarian protection under our laws, and individuals who withdraw an application for admission and return to their countries of origin within a short timeframe.

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/sw-border-migration

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