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At least two news sites reported that border crossings in the El Paso sector have increased because of newly erected border wall, but apprehensions in that area have actually fallen substantially, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.
The Raw Story and the Inquisitr ran stories Monday with headlines that suggested President Donald Trump’s border wall in the El Paso sector has led to an increase in apprehensions, but these articles either included cherry-picked data or omitted other data entirely that paints a dramatically different picture of what’s taking place in the region.
The article goes on to state the following:
In the case of The Raw Story article — which was wired from the New Civil Rights Movement — the headline read “Illegal border crossings ‘nearly double’ thanks to $5 ladders that easily hook onto Trump’s new replacement wall.” The article linked to a story from The Independent about illegal migrants using cheap ladders to cross newly built barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The numbers have actually dropped, the Caller reports, by 57%. The number went from 34,788 (October 2018 to January 2019) to 19,812 (October 2019 to January 2020).
The Caller reports that The Raw Story got its number by reporting the apprehensions of single adults, “which did see an increase” but omitted “the steep drop of family unit and unaccompanied minor apprehensions.”
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