The Trump administration is crediting their agreement with Mexico for a precipitous drop in apprehension rates at the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to official statistics, only 64,000 migrants at the southern border were apprehended in the month of August — representing a drop of 22 percent from July, and a 56 percent drop from the high in May.
“That international effort is making an impact,” said Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan to Fox News.
“Mexican operational interdiction is certainly [the] highlight of that effort, but the shared responsibility we’re seeing in the region, governments stepping up and saying we also own this,” he added.
The administration says there is still a crisis at the border, but they are citing President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure Mexico for the easing of the immigration emergency.
Incidents of migrant caravans have also dropped according to the official statistics. 48 caravans were documented in May, while only 6 were documented for the month of August.
Acting commissioner of customs and border protection Mark Morgan made the announcement of the reductions in a media briefing on Monday.
“The president has made it very clear that he’s going to use every tool available to him and his administration to address this unprecedented crisis at the southern border,” Morgan said.
“We have seen historic agreements and policy put in place by this administration,” he added.
Here’s a video of the report:
WH: Number of border crossers falls again