Border Arrests Drop To A Stunning Low

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( – On Wednesday, the Homeland Security Department reported that over the last three weeks, the number of illegal border crossings has gone down by over 40 percent. This has been during a time when the asylum processing is suspended. 

The seven-day period daily arrests average of the Border Patrol has dropped below 2,400 and over 40 percent when compared to before President Joe Biden’s executive order went into effect on June 5. The current rate is still 1,500 higher than what is necessary for asylum processing to be resumed, still, Homeland Security has stated that this is the lowest number since Jan. 17, 2021. That was a week before Biden came to office. 

A Democrat had stated that last week the number of border arrests had dropped by 25 percent since Biden’s order went into effect, which shows that since then there has been an even further decrease in numbers. 

On Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was set to talk to reporters in Tucson, Arizona, one of the areas most affected by illegal crossings. U.S authorities have stated that in the Tucson sector, the daily average of arrests has dropped by close to half going from just under 1,200 on June 2 to under 600 on Tuesday. 

The suspension took effect after the daily average exceeded 2,500 over a preset time frame. Under this new rule, those who are seeking asylum have to undergo a much more rigorous screening because they are able to pursue humanitarian protection. However, the protection offered is far more limited. 

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