‘Catch and Release Is Over’: Border Apprehensions Drop for Sixth Month in a Row

Jason Hopkins | December 9, 2019

‘Catch and Release Is Over’: Border Apprehensions Drop for Sixth Month in a Row

Enforcement actions at the U.S.-Mexico border fell again in November, marking six consecutive months of declining apprehensions.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enforcement actions totaled 42,649 in the month of November, according to data obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The data – which is a combination of the 33,510 arrests and 9,139 inadmissible aliens at the border for that month – show a six percent decline from October.

The Department of Homeland Security celebrated the latest numbers, and pointed to policies undertaken by the Trump administration as the root cause.

“The president’s strategy to address the historic flood of Central American family units illegally crossing the border has worked. And, thanks to the policies President Trump has implemented across the board, catch and release is over,” a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said in a statement obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The latest apprehension numbers indicate the swiftly waning crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, which was once overwhelmed with waves of Central American family units and other illegal aliens on a daily basis.

November’s enforcement actions mark an 85 percent decrease of Central American family units since the peak of the border crisis in May. Total CBP enforcement actions along the southern border have dropped 70 percent in the roughly six months since the crisis reached its apex.

The data also indicate that illegal immigration is dropping below its seasonal trends. Enforcement actions historically rise between October and November, but not this year. Additionally, the current fiscal year’s total numbers, which include October and November, are lower than the pervious fiscal year.

The declining border arrests follow a multitude of initiatives pushed by the White House since President Donald Trump entered office.

Remaino in Mexico, otherwise known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, requires most Central American migrants to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims are processed in the U.S. immigration court system – eliminating a major incentive for illegal immigration by barring them from living in the interior of the country while their cases are adjudicated by a judge.

Metering, which mandates that only a limited number of migrants can cross the southern border to lodge an asylum claim, has also erased the idea among many would-be migrants that they can immediately enter the U.S. and enjoy asylum protections. Most recently, the Trump administration has also begun implementing its asylum agreements with Central American governments, sending migrants back to the region if they did not first seek protected status there.

“We are removing, returning, and repatriating more illegal border crossers than ever before, and illegal border crossing cases are completed faster than ever before,” the spokesperson continued.

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This article has been republished with permission from The Daily Signal.

[Image Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Jetta Disco, public domain]