‘The number of family units apprehended at the border remains high…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Arrests from illegal border crossings dropped in July for the second month in a row, but compared to the same time period last year numbers are up nearly 60 percent, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported.
“This decrease shows that when there are real consequences for breaking the law, the conduct of those considering crimes will change,” said Tyler Q. Houlton, Department of Homeland Security press secretary. “Despite our terribly broken immigration laws, the administration has still been able to impact illegal immigration – but we need Congress to act to fix our system.”
“The number of family units apprehended at the border remains high and their percentage of total crossings has increased as court decisions prevent us from detaining and prosecuting family unit adults,” Houlton said. “The inability to apply consequences to any law breaker ultimately threatens the safety and security of the nation and its communities.”
The Trump administration in June changed its policy of arresting and prosecuting parents of family units due to public outrage.
About 3,389 family units illegally crossed the border in July 2017, while 9,258 came in July 2018.
Mexican adult immigrants have learned that their crime will likely not be punished if they come with children.
Unaccompanied children crossing the border dropped by almost 23 percent from June to July this year.
Overall apprehensions from June to July decreased by about 7 percent, from 34,095 to 31,303.
“DHS is continuing to refer to DOJ single adult illegal border crossers for prosecution at historic rates,” Houlton said. “Additionally, the Secretary has been engaging weekly with Mexican and Central American officials to more aggressively tackle the root causes of this crisis—and DHS has received commitments on specific actions that can be taken with and by our partners to confront the issue more decisively.”