CBP Records Lowest Level of Border Crossings Under Trump

23.7% decline from Obama's last year in office

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A year-end report from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows that illegal border crossings have plummeted since Donald Trump has been in office, along with many other positive achievements.
According to the fiscal year 2017 report from the CBP, the agency recorded the lowest level of illegal cross-border migration on record as measured by apprehensions along the border and inadmissible encounters at ports of entry.
The CBP recorded 310,531 apprehensions and 216,370 inadmissible cases by officers in the fiscal year, a 23.7 percent decline from Obama’s last year in office.
The sharp decline in the number of illegal border crossings “reflects the Administration’s commitment to enforce the rule of law as directed in the President’s executive order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, issued Jan. 25,” the CBP noted.
Of the 303,916 apprehensions which took place on the southwest border, 10 percent of those crossing had been apprehended one other time within the year, down from 12 percent in FY16. This suggests that tougher border measures are disincentivizing reentry attempts.
The number of inadmissible individuals turned away at ports of entry due to lack of documentation or prior immigration violations decrease 21.2 percent.
Border patrol agents were largely successful in arresting illegal aliens who were affiliated with a gang, as 536 gang members were arrested in all, including 228 from MS-13.
Agents also seized more than 2.14 million pounds of narcotics and disrupted the entry of more than 81,000 pounds of drugs.
The lack of attempts by foreigners to enter or re-enter the U.S. illegally can be added to the list of President Trump’s achievements in his first year of office, as suggested by Paul Joseph Watson.
The end of the year CBP report comes as agents begin testing the effectiveness of the eight southwest border wall prototypes constructed in San Diego.