Illegal alien border crossings plummet

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Official numbers from the Customs and Border Protection show that illegal alien crossings at the southern U.S. border are plummeting, and some are crediting President Donald Trump’s strict rhetoric for the turnaround.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Wednesday announced the numbers, which showed a 40 percent drop in illegal crossings from January to February. The website for the U.S Customs and Border Protection called the drop “unprecedented”:

Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is releasing illegal border crossing data through the month of February and the numbers show an unprecedented decline in traffic. From January to February, the flow of illegal border crossings as measured by apprehensions and the prevention of inadmissible persons at our southern border dropped by 40 percent.

The agency explained that, when adjusted for seasonal trends, the drop is even greater, as they usually expect an increase from January to February:

This change in the trend line is especially significant because CBP historically sees a 10-20 percent increase in apprehensions of illegal immigrants from January to February.  Instead, this year we saw a drop from 31,578 to 18,762 persons — a 40 percent decline.

The Border Patrol cited another indicator of success: a marked increase in the fees smugglers charged to bring people over the border:

Additionally, we are seeing an increase in the fees charged by human smugglers along the U.S. southwest border. Since Nov. 2016, “coyotes” have hiked their fees in some areas by roughly 130 percent — from $3,500 to $8,000 in certain mountainous regions. Changes in U.S. policy, including the detention of apprehended aliens, drive up the smuggling fees.

Kelly concluded the report saying the U.S. Customs and Border Protection was dedicated to “fair, impartial and humane enforcement” of the immigration laws.

Previously, Kelly admitted that they were considering separating children from parents who were detained at the border attempting to cross illegally, hoping that such action would deter other migrants. Kelly explained to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that deterring crossings meant saving people from terrible conditions on the “network,” as he described it, that transports people from South America through Mexico and into the United States.


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  • Linda

    This is a good start. It will look even better when it gets to be 100% of illegals out of our country. THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP.

    • Andrew

      I’m with 100 percent Linda.

  • My country

    I am somewhat skeptical at these figures . You sure can’t tell it by the number of new illegal people surrounding every area of Texas . In the small town of Tomball Texas it looks like home day in Mexico . Not to mention the other nationalities included.And they all are driving brand new cars and have every EBT card that they can get . It is real noticeable. Just set for awhile and watch them come out of the Kroger grocery store with 3 or 4 carts and 5 children . It is hard to watch as there are 112 million Americans with no jobs .

    • Dave Harmon

      Texas has always been a problem. I was born, raised in Gatesville Tx. Mexico refuses to recognize the Alamo as defeat and its the same with California. They claim they still own California. Unfortunately, the ignorant Libs want to hold hands and sing CUM-BIA-AHHH. All while being raped, murdered, paying for the privilege.

      • My country

        The truth is Mexico never owned Texas or California . They just occupied it like they are doing now . It belonged to the Native American Indians of which Cochise had to fight all the Mexicans and Americans at the same time . It’s horrible in Texas and liberal Austin is an illegals haven . The way they give them new cars and homes and money and welfare , Obamacare is sickening . Especially when 112 million Americans have no jobs and get fined for not being able to pay for Obamacare . Have you seen the new Hotel on the border for illegals to stay in that don’t know what sex they are ?

        • Dave Harmon

          YES. Horrible. True, native Americans were first. Austin is the San Francisco of Texas. We and my family growing up there thought it would be Corpus Christi. Mexico was ruled by Spain, the purchase included California but Spanish rule took $ back to Spain leaving Mexico with no $; thus is where their idiotic idea comes from.

          • My country

            I know . But either way the American Native Indian should be before any and all illegals . They deserve the new cars and the new homes and EBT cards . But like the rest of us they don’t deserve Obamacare ,

  • Dave Harmon

    I doubt all will ever be removed from the USA. I wish PPL would understand real truths. Illegals for decades have been a MAJOR crime issue to say nothing of the Social Services they Drain. Educational system, Health care, Housing, Utilities, Insurance for Autos almost everything is effected by Illegals abuse or cause of harm, destruction. Also of course the DRUG ISSUES as well. Wake up USA. Maybe a Civil War will fix the problem, I’m not even sure of that. Political figures are set on destruction of the USA.

    • phil62

      Did you say Civil War??? I am getting more prepared with each passing day. If it keeps going I will walk out my door looking like a Navy Seal 😉

      • Dave Harmon

        UNFORTUNETLY, there is no other way. Look how libs fight Trumps ideas to help the country; even better jobs, lowering welfare, social service lines they fight it. They want NWO. It might have gone to far already. These gen. X( who gave us spoiled, disrespectful kids) and Millennials have had it too easy. No real war or real issues to deal with. Spoiled. Always some place else has wars, turmoil and easy for them to try to make everything political and correct as they see it. There big issues are where do I get free stuff, when’s the next video game coming out so I can live a fantasy and when will my parents die and leave me money and their house. I say send them to middle east let them really see and experience, there’s that word they all lack, EXSPERIANCE real life horrors. I say bring back draft for them and include women just like Israel.

  • USAnowMSAsadly

    WINNER! No more illegals!

  • Lovette Bennett

    Trump has already had a positive impact on this issue, and he hasn’t even completed his First 100 Days! Way to go, Donald J. Trump! Keep on keeping your promises, and see D.C. elites fade into the sunset!

  • Kmat

    I am sure that California will soon be suing that those who are not trying to enter the US Illegally are having their Constitutional Rights violated. The Left believes the United States belongs to the World and all people in the World are protected by the US Constitution.

    • jrogersp

      That’s exactly right KMAT, I have said that before that our Constitutional Rights belong to American Citizens not people in other countries that the left seems to think it protects!

  • ed

    Let me know when there is a 40% increase in the illegals returning to Mexico.

  • ed

    Mr.President, I salute you.

  • cathy

    Thank you President Trump. Ahorita no more will be coming in for their FREE stuff. If the US was Mexico, they would be shot.

  • Larry Velasco

    AWESOME. I knew he would keep his word and do whatever it takes to put a STOP to this crap. WE don’t want or need anymore immigrants in this country. Especially from Mexico and Middle East. STAY WHERE YOU ARE.

  • jackel

    Sure shows that Obama administration just opened doors but smiled and said otherwise. He and any of his left over appointees in all areas and departments must be given the pink slip—–are subversive to American people and elected officials wanting to protect us.

    • Front Sight

      Sessions just terminated (they either resigned or were fired for refusing to resign) 46 Obama holdovers. When the United States gets a Constitutionalist Supreme Court, the numbers will, likely, improve.

  • disqus_rEWjgfyzIp

    If you really want to watch it drop more declare open season on illegals with a 2 tag limit on the border. 2 weeks of that I am sure that it will drop to 99% of illegals coming across. Leave the heads piked as the wall Trump wants to build and there is a good deterrent for the other 1% that still wants to try to get in. Since we dont want to break up families send the anchor baby s back over with parents. Other then the time frame for waiting there isnt a reason that if they want to come here to FILL OUT THE PAPER WORK like the legal immigrants.

  • phil62

    Adios assholes. Go back to the rat holes you made for yourself by not standing up to the drug rats when you could have. Go back and fight for your country the way we had too. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • Jalen Coram

    go TRUMP!! Thank you, now perhaps whitey can get his job back, digging a ditch or building a house 🙂 keep it up!!!



  • Sue Stewart

    what is the point, equal justice? and charges on these dam illegals get dismissed?