NEW: AP shares photos of ‘realities at southern border for migrants crossing into US’

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The Associated Press included a montage of pictures in a Monday tweet, saying the photos represent the “realities” migrants face when trying to cross the border.

The tweet read: These @AP photos show realities at the southern border for migrants crossing into the US. Read complete coverage of immigration here.

The tweet links to the AP’s coverage of immigration.

According to one recent AP report:

The [Border Patrol] agency made 34,057 arrests on the border with Mexico during June, down 16 percent from 40,344 in May, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the numbers are not yet intended for public release. The June tally is preliminary and subject to change.

Arrests were still more than double from 16,077 in June 2017, but the sharp decline from spring could undercut the Trump administration’s narrative of a border in crisis.

Customs and Border Protection, which includes the Border Patrol, declined to comment on the numbers, saying it doesn’t discuss them as a matter of policy until public release “to ensure consistency and accuracy.”

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