Immigration arrests at Mexican border continue to plummet

Kari Scott
April 6, 2017

Kelly said border agents could separate parents and children if, for instance, the mother is addicted to drugs and if the life of the child is in jeopardy.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales have arrested a Mexican woman for allegedly trying to smuggle almost five pounds of fentanyl inside a baby stroller.

Fewer than 12,500 people were caught crossing the border last month, Kelly said.

At a hearing Tuesday of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, lawmakers heard from former U.S. Border Patrol officials and Terence M. Garrett, professor of public affairs and security studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, who said he'd seen cost estimates for the wall ranging from $2 billion to $40 billion. As soon as the fence went up, he said, the number of attempted vehicle crossings fell to six, none of which got away.

Roughly 20 companies will be chosen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and be invited to build prototype designs in San Diego County.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says arrests of people entering the United States illegally across the Mexican border plummeted in March 2017. In recent years most of the families and children traveling alone have been from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Border arrests in October, November and December increased by about a third compared to the same period in 2015, before falling this year.

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"The President knows that I'm looking at variations on the theme, and I have no doubt that when I go back to him and say, 'Wall makes sense here, high-tech fencing makes sense over here, technology makes sense over here, ' I have no doubt he'll tell me to go do it", he added.

John Garrett with J.P. Construction is one of two Fort Worth contractors bidding to build the border wall. It is possible that some migrants rushed to the border after the election and before Trump took office. He said winning a large part of this project could mean work for 150 people for several years. Rumours spread that if Democrat Hillary Clinton won, would-be migrants were told to make it to the US ahead of the election to get a free pass to stay in the country.

One border wall design bidder allegedly asked if construction workers can carry a gun even in states with stringent Second Amendment restrictions to protect themselves from potential attack by violent protesters.

Higher demand allowed the smugglers to charge more to get to the USA last year, according to Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, a professor at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

The number of people apprehended on the Southwest border last month was down from 18,754 in February and 31,577 in January.

"We've seen an absolutely wonderful drop in the number of migrants coming out of Central America", he said.

It's probably quite "media elite" of us to say "I told you so", no matter how good it feels.

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