4/4/2017 Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arrests of people caught trying to sneak into the United States across the Mexican border plummeted in March to the lowest monthly figure in more than 17 years, the head of the Department of Homeland Security reported.
That’s a likely sign that fewer immigrants are trying to make the trek into the United States.
Secretary John Kelly said the steep decline in arrests is “no accident” and credited President Donald Trump’s approach to illegal immigration.
Kelly reported the figures in written testimony submitted to a Senate committee ahead of an appearance Wednesday. The Associated Press obtained a copy of his testimony.
Though the Trump administration has not yet changed how the border is patrolled, the president’s tough talk on immigration – including plans to build a border wall – and his stepped-up arrests of immigrants living in the country illegally have likely acted as deterrents.
It’s unclear if the declines will continue. The number of people caught trying to enter the United States typically increases as the weather warms.