Data on illegal immigrant crossings on the southern border of the United States fell by 78 percent in December from the severe data in May, dramatically reducing the number of undocumented immigrants in custody.
Data published on the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website revealed that the number of daily arrests has fallen from 4,600 at the height of the immigration crisis in May to just 1,300 in December.
The CBP conducted 40,620 enforcement actions in December 2019, including 32,858 arrests and 7,762 inadmissibility decisions. These data show a 15 percent decrease in aliens inadmissible at ports of entry and a 2 percent decrease in detentions by immigration authorities.
While operations on family units totaled 12,064, unaccompanied foreign children totaled 3,311; and single adults were 24,788, 4% less than in November.
“This seven month decline is a direct result of President Trump’s network of policy initiatives and our ability to effectively enforce the law, enhance our border security posture, and properly care for those in custody,” CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan said in a statement.
He noted that this reduction means that a quarter of the beds are now empty after months of border facility collapse, “We were having those conversations back then about how the system was overwhelmed, there was overcrowding.”
“We’re just not experiencing that now,” Morgan said according to The Washington Examiner.
“Currently, right now, what we’re seeing is our in-custody numbers right now are actually below 3,000, and it has been steady for the past few weeks,” he added.
The Trump administration began rejecting asylum-seekers who sought access through border crossings and limited the number of people who could do so each day.
It then implemented the Migrant Protection Protocols, which require that the vast majority of asylum-seekers be returned to Mexico while their cases await hearings by U.S. federal immigration judges.
Drug trafficking is on the rise despite President Trump’s victory over the passivity of Democrats who refuse to change porous immigration laws, the official noted, there is still the serious threat of drug trafficking at the border.
According to Morgan, the cartels operating on the border are increasing their drug-trafficking activity due to the drop in income from human trafficking. In December, CBP intercepted more than 42 tons of drugs nationwide, an increase of 5% from November.
Compared to this point in the previous fiscal year, total drug seizures have increased by 28%, while fentanyl seizures increased by more than 80% and heroin seizures increased by 27%.
“Cross-border smuggling of illegal drugs continues to threaten communities throughout our nation,” CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez said in the same statement, “The volume of drugs seized is a sober reminder that we are in the midst of a national security crisis on the Southwest border,” he added.