Unauthorized border crossing, i.e., illegal immigration, continues to be a large problem at our southern border, but the numbers are dropping, at least by comparison to what they were a few months ago. For May, we saw reports that 144,000-plus illegals had crossed over and were apprehended, but since then, we’ve had a little help from our friends to the south who are helping to put a cork in the bottle.
It’s still far from being solved, however. For September, the number still stands above 52,000 apprehensions, which is still 52,000 too many. The number should be far closer to zero unauthorized entries. That’s where I believe the importance of the wall comes into play. We can’t get the barrier in place soon enough. Its effectiveness has been clearly demonstrated where it is completed, and projections are that up to 500 miles of barrier will be finished by the end of the year.
Fox News has this report on the situation:
Border officials apprehended just over 52,000 migrants at the southern border in September — another drop in numbers for the fourth consecutive month — as administration officials said Tuesday the numbers are proof that policies at the border are working.
Total encounters, making up those apprehended or turned away, were 52,546 in September, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced. It marks a drop of almost 65 percent from the 144,000 encountered in May, and an 18 percent decline from August, when just over 64,000 were apprehended.
“This represents the fourth month in a row of a steady decline in apprehensions,” Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan told reporters. “This is an unprecedented achievement.”
Morgan pointed to agreements with other countries such as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which involves sending migrants back to Mexico to await their hearings. MPP is currently facing legal challenges, as well as objections from activists that the protocols involves migrants being sent back to potentially dangerous areas where they can be attacked by smugglers and gangs.
But Morgan said that CBP has enrolled more than 51,000 migrants in MPP and said they receive protection and permission to work while in Mexico.
“With MPP, migrants are receiving due process and protection while the United States is restoring integrity to our immigration system,” he said. “We’re closing the loopholes and diminishing the smuggling organizations’ ability to profit on the back of these migrants, while simultaneously exploiting our system.”
Morgan also cited the administration’s efforts to end the 1997 Flores settlement that limits the amount of time minors can be kept in detention.
He also pointed to regional agreements with countries such as Guatemala and El Salvador.
However, Morgan said that the numbers are still too high, calling the average of 1,700 apprehensions a day “unacceptable,”and repeated his calls for Congress to act to end loopholes in the U.S. immigration system.