Illegal crossings plunge as US extends policy across border
20 Jan 2020 — #Homefront
Adolfo Cardenas smiles faintly at the memory of traveling with his 14-year-old son from Honduras to the U.S.-Mexico border in only nine days, riding buses and paying a smuggler $6,000 to ensure passage through highway checkpoints.
Long story short? Adolfo was surprised when he and his son were sent back to Mexico after having made it to the U.S. side of the border, a possibility that may have discouraged him from trying in the first place if he had known about it beforehand.
Customs and Border Protection announced that Yuma sector has seen a 94% drop in arrests, down from nearly 14,000 to under 800. This sudden decrease comes after the Trump administration stopped allowing asylum seekers to remain in the U.S. while awaiting their court date, requiring them now to wait in Mexico instead.
“Their whole goal was to be released into the United States, and once that was taken off the shelf for them, and they couldn’t be released into the United States anymore, then that really diminished the amount of traffic that came through here,” said Border Patrol sector chief Anthony Porvaznik.
Curiously, no statistics were available on how many illegal crossings were prevented by the beautiful new border wall in the area.
“Thanks to our tireless efforts to secure the border, we have reduced illegal border crossings 7 straight months in a row. And we are being helped by our 100 miles + of wall. Illegal crossings are down 78% since May... Walls do work."—@realDonaldTrump— GOP (@GOP) January 15, 2020
Acting CBP Commissioner: Illegal Border Crossings Down 78 PERCENT Thanks to President Trump https://t.co/pYVBFZmw7V— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) January 16, 2020