One Month Of Fewer Apprehensions Does Not Mean the Border Crisis is Over



According to the Washington Examiner, officials with direct knowledge of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data report illegal apprehensions at the southern border for June totaled 94,487, which is more than a 37,500 decrease from May. While some of the drop may be attributed to President Trump’s recent tariff threat on Mexico and the Mexican government’s increased role in its border enforcement, the significant decreases in illegal migration this time of the year are not unprecedented.

In fact, the start of the summer season is typically a deterrent for migrants who aim to cross into the country illegally. Temperatures soar in the summer months, exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit on an average day. These migrants, who are now mostly comprised of family units, trek thousands of miles through deserts and coastal plains to reach the U.S. border with minimal water, food, and medicine, making their journey even more difficult.

While it is still too early to determine whether the U.S.-Mexico immigration agreement is having a significant effect in apprehension reduction, there is ample historic evidence to suggest that the summer heat is an important factor.

Between 2000-2018, apprehension totals at the southern border for June decreased from May in every year but one. The June 2019 figure is still 2.5 times greater than June 2018 and five times greater than June 2017, but reveals that the transition to the summer season usually contributes to a decrease in apprehensions.

While these data are readily available, the mainstream media will continue to omit these facts from much of its reporting. The nation’s border crisis is far from over and continues to spiral out of control. While we may see decreases in apprehension figures for the summer months, they are bound to increase once the temperatures in the southwest region begin to fall and our porous southern border and exploitable asylum laws remain in place.

This summer, Congress has the opportunity to address the nation’s border crisis by enacting legislation that remove important “pull factors” that are driving the crisis. It is essential that it closes the loopholes in our asylum laws. It must amend the 2015 Flores Settlement that unreasonably constrains detention of families with children, and the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA) that treats all unaccompanied minors as though they are trafficking victims, even when they clearly are not. Fixing these policies would end the practice of catch-and-release and would deter people from using children to exploit our immigration system.

Further, Congress must approve funding for the southern border wall, increase the number of immigration judges at the southern border, and expand detention space to accommodate the growing number of migrants arriving at our southern border. Combined, these deterrent measures would make it more difficult for people to enter the United States illegally and less likely to be quickly released from custody.

All of these items are part of a comprehensive immigration reform strategy that would significantly reduce the monthly apprehensions at the southern border beyond just the summer months.

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Matthew joined FAIR in 2018 as FAIR’s communications specialist. Matthew is a primary media contact for the organization and assists with all of the organization’s communication activities. He brings previous experience in government research, writing, and communications. Before joining FAIR, Matthew worked in the Wisconsin State Senate as well as a Wisconsin political non-profit. Matthew holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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    Both parties are complicit in our soaring budget deficits. Republicans in wanting to always cut taxes, particularly for corporations, and Democrats for ever-expanding social programs. But the Democrats promises for free medical care for illegals will send deficits into the stratosphere.

    No detentions and no deportations, which is the position of almost all of the party, is open borders. There is no other way to describe it. Then they say that all illegals here should be put on a “path to citizenship”. In other words, reward people for crossing the border illegally or overstaying a visa and stealing SS numbers to work. Just the kind of solid citizens we want? Nor is the always quoted for a decade figure of 11 million illegals likely anywhere near the true number, which is estimated to be at least 20 million or more.

    Citizenship will also make them eligible for the earned income tax credit. A credit is not a deduction on taxes owed but a direct cash grant from the government even if zero taxes are owed. The largest amount for 2018 was $6,431. And you don’t have to do a thing to be eligible for it, just be low income, which illegals overwhelmingly are.

    All the various plans the Democrats are proposing, and their refusal to secure the border, will lead to an explosion in government spending and deficits. It is often said you can’t have a welfare society and mass immigration of poor people, but the Democrats are doing their best to make it happen.

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    June is Always a Slow Month for Illegal Border Crossings

    Hey ICE, how’s the MASS deportation plans planned this week going? Not much news on it, and I’m sure a lot of Trump bloggers are wondering.