WFB: The number of individuals apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) while trying to illegally cross the southwestern border fell by 18 percent in June, new data from the agency show.
After three successive months of more than 50,000 crossers apprehended, CBP reported 42,565 border crossers in the month of June. Department of Homeland Security press secretary Tyler Q. Houlton attributed the drop to President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy, which requires the criminal prosecution of any person who is apprehended.
A decline in crossers in June, as the weather grows hotter and other seasonal immigration patterns change, is not unprecedented. Similar drops were apparent in FY 2013 and 2016, according to CBP’s data; a less precipitous drop happened between May and June of FY 2014. In FY 2015, illegal immigration remained roughly flat between the two months, and rates actually rose in FY 2017, from all-time lows recorded in the preceding months. read more