Surge Of Border Arrests Drops Starkly Beyond What’s Normal For Hot Months In Hint That Flow May Be Receding
Border arrests are a metric used widely to estimate the number of illegal border crossings. Officials attribute the drop in part to Mexico's efforts to large groups of people moving through the country. Meanwhile, nationwide raids by ICE are set to start this weekend.
The New York Times:
A Drastic Drop In Migrant Arrivals On The Border: What’s Happening?
At its peak, the nonprofit shelter run by Jewish Family Service of San Diego held more than 300 migrants dropped off by United States immigration authorities after they crossed the border from Mexico. Some days this spring were so busy that new arrivals had to be sent to overflow sites. Now, the shelter is almost eerily empty. The number of people arriving there has plunged in recent weeks amid a precipitous decline in arrivals along the southern border, where the Department of Homeland Security said that apprehensions dropped 28 percent in June. (Jordan and Semple, 7/10)
Border Arrests Dropped Sharply In June
A summer falloff in border arrests isn’t unusual. May-to-June declines occurred in nine of the last 10 years. But a senior CBP official argued Wednesday that June's decline was due partly to new border security measures put in place by Mexican and U.S. authorities following talks last month. “I would attribute Mexico to making some difference,” the official told reporters on a background call. (Hesson, 7/10)
The New York Times:
U.S. Prepares To Arrest Thousands Of Immigrant Family Members
Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday, according to two current and one former homeland security officials, moving forward with a rapidly changing operation, the final details of which remain in flux. The operation, backed by President Trump, had been postponed, partly because of resistance among officials at his own immigration agency. (Dickerson and Kanno-Youngs, 7/11)