President Trump promised to clean up the disaster that was our southern border when he took office and he certainly has. We have seen a seismic shift in the amount of illegal crossings with Trump in charge.
Illegal border crossings plummeted after the Trump administration removed a loophole by requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for court hearings in the U.S., according to a report.
When the policy took effect in the Border Patrol’s Yuma sector in May, arrests hit 14,000. By October, they had fallen a staggering 94 percent, or around 800, and have stayed there since, making Yuma the second slowest of the agency’s nine sectors on the U.S.-Mexico border.
There have been several reasons for the recent drop. Anthony Porvaznik, chief of the Border Patrol’s Yuma sector, said the so-called Migration Protection Protocols have been a huge deterrent, based on agents’ interviews with people arrested.
“Their whole goal was to be released into the United States, and once that was taken off the shelf for them, and they couldn’t be released into the United States anymore, then that really diminished the amount of traffic that came through here,” Porvaznik said.
Over 55,000 asylum-seekers were returned to Mexico to wait for hearings through November, 10 months after the policy first took effect in San Diego.
The immigrants were from more than three dozen countries, but nearly two out of three were Guatemalan or Honduran, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
President Trump has also greatly succeeded in getting Mexico to help seal off the southern border.
Mexican officials on Saturday closed a section of their border with Guatemala following a massive push by thousands of migrants to make their way across a bridge over the Suchiate River between the two countries.
About 2,500 migrants of all ages were held up and prevented from crossing or entering the bridge at Mexico’s southern border by Mexican National Guardsmen, Guatemalan authorities estimated, according to The Associated Press.
Mexico’s National Migration Institute said on Twitter that it had shored up points along the southern border to assure “safe, orderly and regular immigration.”
The Trump administration announced in November that it had started sending migrants from Honduras and El Salvador to Guatemala as part of its “safe third country” agreement.
President Trump’s deal was yet another that played a huge role in helping ease the immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border.
News of the clash on the Suchiate River comes just days after a caravan of hundreds of Honduran migrants began making their towards the U.S. on Wednesday.
Past caravans have had an overwhelming effect on the U.S. immigration system, but it’s unlikely this most recent surge will reach even reach the southern border.
Mexican officials remain on high alert and had vowed to block hundreds of mostly Honduran migrants hoping to reach the United States.
“The truth is, it is going to be impossible for them to reach the United States,” human rights activist Itsmania Platero said. “The Mexican police have a large contingent and they are going to catch all the migrants without documents, and they will be detained and returned to their home countries.”