Illegal border crossings drop 40 PER CENT in Trump’s first full month as president: Homeland Security says it’s the lowest total in nearly five years

Thursday, March 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

In January DHS apprehended 31,578 people sneaking across America’s southern border; that number was just 18,762 in February
Dramatic shift came as Donald Trump had his first full month in the White House
The government typically sees a 10 to 20 per cent increase between January and February
Immigration detention centers in Texas have hundreds of empty beds

By David Martosko, US Political Editor
9 March 2017

The number of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States from Mexico declined by 40 percent from January to February, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary said late Wednesday.

The downturn came after President Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20 vowing to deport many of the estimated 11 million illegals in the United States.

The flow of illegal border crossings – measured by apprehensions and the prevention of ‘inadmissible persons’ apprehended at the southern border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection – dropped to 18,762 in February from 31,578 in January, DHS Secretary John Kelly said in a statement.

He said CBP, which compiled the data, historically sees a 10 percent to 20 percent increase in apprehensions of illegal immigrants from January to February.

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