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The Customs and Border Protection agency released data showing that its agents arrested just 34,114 people at the border in June — an 18% drop from May.
It’s unclear exactly what caused the plunge, but CBP noted in a statement that it’s common for agents to make fewer arrests between May and June.
While President Donald Trump often speaks of a “crisis” in illegal immigration at the border, data shows that border arrests in 2018 are still near the bottom of a yearslong downward trend.
Despite President Donald Trump’s talk of an “illegal immigration crisis” along the United States’ southern border, the number of border-crossing arrests remain at some of the lowest levels in decades.
Trump was reportedly enraged over Customs and Border Protection data showing that some 50,000 people were arrested or deemed inadmissible at the border in each of the three springtime months. In response, his administration in May announced its controversial “zero tolerance” policy that resulted in the separation of thousands of children from their parents.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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