During a Nov. 14 campaign rally in Bossier City, Louisiana, President Trump told the crowd that border apprehensions have dropped 70% since may. That seems like a huge drop. Is the president accurate? The answer is yes. In fact the number is close to 73% thanks to policies Trump was able to implement on his own, such as the Remain in Mexico program and the deal he made with Mexico for them to quit aiding the caravans in reaching our border.
In May, the Border Patrol reported 132,856 apprehensions and in October, that number fell to 35,444 apprehensions at the southern border. That is a dramatic and impressive drop in just a few short months. It has been reported that a total of 60,000 asylum seekers have returned home from Mexico. The lure had been that they would be released into the country under the Democrats open border policies.
Caravans were willing to take the risks before, knowing that they would be able to enter the United States and then ignore showing up for immigration court. Now that it no longer happens many consider the risk as not worth it.
Border Patrol agents at the southern border with Mexico apprehend approximately 1,300 migrants attempting to enter the U.S illegally per day. In fiscal 2019, Border Patrol made more than 851,000 border arrests – the highest number of arrests since fiscal 2007.
CBP reported only 35,444 apprehensions in October, the month with the most recent data. That figure is down more than 73% from May, when CBP reported 132,856 apprehensions. Border arrest numbers typically peak in the spring, when the weather is most favorable for crossings, only to decline in the summer and winter months, when temperatures are more extreme and less favorable for crossing.
The Trump administration implemented the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program in January. The initiative, commonly referred to as Remain in Mexico, requires asylum seekers to go back to Mexico while their claims are processed in the U.S. immigration court system. Prior to its implementation, asylum seekers that illegally crossed the border prior to filing their claims were allowed to stay in the U.S. while their applications processed.