DHS announces numbers for 2017 border apprehension

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its final border apprehension numbers for calendar year 2017, and they reveal a significant drop from last year – but the number of illegal aliens crossing the border started climbing back up in October, November and December.

According to a statement released by the DHS acting press secretary, Tyler Houlton, the Border Patrol apprehended 351,084 people attempting to cross illegally in 2017, compared to 614,739 in 2016.

The decline in apprehensions represents a 40 percent drop from the previous year, and the statistic is a standard indicator for the number of illegal crossing attempts.

Houlton said the numbers “undeniably prove the effectiveness of President Trump’s commitment to securing our borders.”

However, despite the annual drop, according to Houlton, there has been a “significant increase over the last month in the number of family units and unaccompanied children coming across the border illegally” which highlights the need for “responsible pro-American immigration reforms.”

Houston said there are “loopholes in our immigration laws” which have created incentives for illegal immigrants to “exploit these same loopholes to take advantage of our generosity.”

The Hill reported: The Border Patrol apprehended 40,513 people attempting illegal crossings in December, the highest total since Trump’s first full month in office in February. The December numbers are a 30 percent drop from the 58,412 detentions in December of 2016.

The full text of the press release may be read below.

WASHINGTON – Today, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton released the following statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) December Southwest Border Migration numbers:

“The final border apprehension numbers of 2017, specifically at the southern border, undeniably prove the effectiveness of President Trump’s commitment to securing our borders. This administration has overseen a 40 percent decrease in 2017 compared with the last year of Obama’s presidency. U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions in Fiscal Year 2017 were at the lowest level in 45 years. The significant increase over the last month in the number of family units and unaccompanied children coming across the border illegally highlights the dire need for Congress to immediately adopt responsible pro-American immigration reforms. Current loopholes in our immigration laws have created an incentive for illegal immigrants who knowingly exploit these same loopholes to take advantage of our generosity. The Secretary will require fixes to these loopholes as part of any immigration package negotiated today at the White House.”

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