The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency released new data on Monday that shows illegal immigration dropped 27% across the southwest border in January.
According to the Washington Times, total apprehensions of migrants trying to cross the border dropped 27%, and the number of migrants who showed up at the border without proper documents, hoping to cross the border, dropped by 28%.
In spite of the drop, however, officials report illegal immigration numbers for January was still highest January on record since 2012.
“Overall total migration remained at elevated levels, primarily due to family units and unaccompanied children from Central America, Haitian nationals migrating from Brazil, and Cuban nationals,” CBP said.
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The Washington Times reports this trend is typical during the winter months. Last year, Border Patrol apprehensions reportedly dropped 36% from December to January.
Officials say when overall apprehensions drop, it is an indication that fewer people are “getting across” the border, in general.
H/T: Washington Times
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