The Would-be entrants to the United States have seen a lot of apprehensions on the borders between Mexico and USA, in the last three months of the previous year. The new data, released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection – CBP agency, shows an increase in denial of entry to the illegal entrants of Mexico into the U.S.
These low rates, however, are still not as low as the extreme and positively visible decline of the rates experienced when the President took the office in 2017.
“The final border apprehension numbers of 2017, specifically at the southern border, undeniably prove the effectiveness of President Trump’s commitment to securing our borders,” Tyler Houlton – acting press secretary of the Department of Homeland Security said. “This administration has overseen a 40 percent decrease in 2017 compared with the last year of Obama’s presidency. U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions in Fiscal Year 2017 were at the lowest level in 45 years.”
Just between the time frame of October to December, of 2017, an estimated 114,000 people were denied entry or were caught entering illegally into the U.S. along the southern border of the U.S. This rate is higher than the 87,000 denied or apprehended from July to September of the same year and the 57,000 between April and June.
While the single adults remained to be the majority among the individuals who were caught crossing borders illegally or denied entry, the increase of the denials in the final quarter of 2017 is largely attributable to the attempted entries of more of the family units and lone minors. CBP also found that the number of the families who were attempting to enter into the U.S. had also increased by a massive 21 percent; while the number of unaccompanied minors saw an increase by 7 percent.
The CBP went on and emphasized that this end of the year drops points to the need of a very strong and decisive action from the Congress, which is now busy with deep discussions on how the immigration policy of the U.S. should look in the future.
“The significant increase over the last month in the number of family units and unaccompanied children coming across the border illegally highlights the dire need for Congress to immediately adopt responsible pro-American immigration reforms,” Holton had said.
A package like this is more expected to include a whole set of reforms so that it could be collectively passed to the White House. Trump has also called time and again for the border wall between U.S. and Mexico, and also called for the end of chain migration into the U.S. by the Diversity Visa Lottery.
The Department of Homeland Security – DHS has also seconded president’s plans and has requested for more funding and personnel for the CBP. Holton further said, “Current loopholes in our immigration laws have created an incentive for illegal immigrants who knowingly exploit these same loopholes to take advantage of our generosity. The Secretary will require fixes to these loopholes as part of any immigration package.”