Is it possible that President Trump’s deal with Mexico on halting the border surge is working? According to Axios:
The U.S. Border Patrol apprehended roughly 87,000 unauthorized immigrants [sic] in the month of June, a decline compared to the steep figures reported over the last three months, according to leaked internal Department of Homeland Security data.
Why it matters: The drop enables acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan to tout that the June 7 deal the U.S. struck with Mexico to stem the flow of migration is working — the kind of cover he needs to fend off attacks from prominent Trump allies.
Axios has some intriguing data and a chart showing that border apprehensions of “inadmissibles” (meaning foreign nationals who break U.S. law by entering illegally) have declined from 132,887 in May to approximately 87,000 in June. Axios has a chart showing a precipitous drop. It’s still early, and these figures are normally compiled around the 7th or 8th. Axios says they don’t include “inadmissibles” turned back at legal ports of entry, which would put the numbers a bit higher.
But it could very well signal that President Trump’s deal with Mexico is working. Mexico may well be serious about enforcing its own border, given that it has sent 15,000 troops to its southern frontier with Guatemala. In that case — even without any legal reform of asylum loopholes that enable economic migrants to abuse the asylum system, the sheer force of a Mexican troop wall is keeping them out.