Arrests For Illegal Border Crossings Hit 46-Year Low

Arrests For Illegal Border Crossings Hit 46-Year Low

President Trump's inauguration - to the end of September, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says officers made over 110,500 arrests of people already in the U.S. illegally.

Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said on Tuesday that "overall removals are down because the border is under better control than it has been in 45 years".

The number of arrests made at the United States border has dropped to a 46-year low, according to figures released by the Trump administration.

The Border Patrol made 310,531 arrests during the fiscal year that ended September 30, a decline of 25 per cent from 415,816 a year earlier and the lowest level since 1971.

A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security attributed the numbers to Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration and his "security-focused agenda".

But ICE also took into account in a press release announcing the numbers that there was a 40 percent jump in removals since President Donald Trump took office on January 20 when compared to the previous fiscal year.

The US government deported fewer illegal immigrants in 2017 than it did past year, even as it arrested far more people suspected of being in the United States illegally, according to Department of Homeland Security statistics released on Tuesday. ICE acting chief Homan says arrests of gang members - including the violent MS-13 gang - has jumped 83 percent. Trump has yet to get funding for the first installment of his proposed border wall with Mexico and the number of Border Patrol agents declined to less than 19,500 as the government struggle to fill vacancies continued during his presidency.

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He said that number dropped dramatically because Trump has taken border security seriously.

TPS is an immigration program which allows people from countries recovering from disaster - mainly Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Haiti - to live and work in the US legally.

South of the Arizona border in the Mexican town of Nogales, numerous deportees who were eating breakfast Monday at a dining room run by a nonprofit group had been picked up in the US far from the border.

"CBP continues to be concerned about steady increase in the flow of unaccompanied children and family units from Central America, as transnational criminal organizations continue to exploit legal and policy loopholes to help illegal aliens gain entry and facilitate their release into the interior of the country", the release said.

Customs and Border Protection authorities also uncovered several hundred pounds of the drug in other operations in the most recent 12-month period. During the fiscal year, which included the President Barack Obama administration's final months, border authorities stopped people travelling as families 104,997 times on the Mexican border and unaccompanied children 48,681 times.

CBP, which has faced allegations of excessive use of force, said its employees used firearms 17 times during the fiscal year, down from 27 the previous year and 58 in 2012.

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