Rio Grande border crossings plummet as Mexican migrants are spooked by Trump’s immigration crackdown

Monday, April 10, 2017
By Paul Martin

Arrests in Rio Grande Valley fell from 15,579 in January to just 4,143 in March
Border Patrol agents say the once ‘hot’ crossing is now quiet because of Trump
Many have been spooked by the president’s tough new line on immigration
16,600 were arrested across the entire Mexican border in March compared to 66,000 last October

10 April 2017

The number of illegal immigrants attempting to enter the US by crossing the Rio Grande has fallen dramatically since President Trump took office.

In March this year, only 4,143 people were detained by Border Patrol Agents at the notorious river crossing as opposed to 15,579 who were caught in January before Trump was in full swing in the White House.

The sharp decline has been chalked down to the president’s tough line on immigration.

Border Patrol agents said migrants were no longer willing to risk the dangerous journey and pay steep smuggler fees now that the chances of them being allowed to stay in the US are so slim.

The phenomenon at the Rio Grande crossing is not isolated. Only 12,193 people were arrested across the entire Southwest border in March, 50,000 fewer than in October.

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