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Border Apprehensions Have Plunged Since May—So Why Are U.S. Military Troops Still There?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan has lauded the Trump administration’s efforts to discourage migration to the U.S. border, crediting President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration insurance policies for overseeing a pointy decline in enforcement actions on the southern border within the month of September.

“This September marked the lowest number of law enforcement actions during fiscal year 2019,” Morgan stated Tuesday, talking at a White House press briefing.

According to CBP, the company noticed a mixed complete of 52,546 folks apprehended or deemed inadmissible on the U.S.-Mexico border final month, representing a serious drop from the record-breaking 144, 255 who had been apprehended or turned away from the border in May.

Celebrating the numerous decline as an “unprecedented achievement,” Morgan stated September’s numbers represented the “fourth month in a row of a steady decline,” with the month’s information representing an 18 p.c drop from August’s numbers.

“And why have we achieved these significant results?” Morgan requested. “President Trump.”

“Make no mistake… President Trump has worked to have other countries in the regions like Mexico and the northern triangle countries to join us as true partners, to come together and address this as a regional crisis that it is and that’s exactly what is happening,” he stated.

Morgan particularly pointed to the Trump administration’s controversial “Remain in Mexico” coverage, which has compelled tens of hundreds of asylum seekers to attend in Mexico for his or her asylum instances to be processed within the U.S.

Indeed, the coverage has prevented as many as 48,000 asylum seekers from coming into the U.S.’s immigration detention system, forcing them to as an alternative wait in Mexican border cities, the place human rights organizations have repeatedly warned their security could possibly be in danger.

According to Human Rights First, there have already been as many as 340 studies from asylum seekers compelled to return to Mexico underneath the coverage who say they’ve been focused in violent assaults, together with cases of kidnapping, rape and torture.

Still, Morgan praised the coverage on Tuesday as having performed a big function in bringing concerning the “downward trend in border enforcement statistics” and strengthening “the integrity of the immigration system.”

Yet, if there was a constant “downward trend” in border enforcement actions, it begs the query of why CBP nonetheless requires the help of hundreds of army members on the U.S. border.

Last month, Defense Secretary Mark Esper accepted an extension of the Defense Department’s border help mission, which had been set to run out on September 30, the tip of fiscal yr 2019.

In an announcement despatched to Newsweek, CBP spokesperson Michael Scappechio stated “DoD support was approved to continue throughout FY 2020.”

Asked to make clear whether or not that meant the DoD’s border help had been prolonged till the tip of fiscal yr 2020, or whether or not an earlier expiration date had been set, he didn’t reply.

Under the renewal, as many as 5,500 service members have been given the inexperienced gentle to proceed missions alongside the U.S.-Mexico border. It is unclear whether or not that quantity consists of each National Guard and active-duty troops.

What is evident, nevertheless, is that the continued deployment might value the U.S. a whole lot of thousands and thousands of {dollars} extra, relying on how far into fiscal yr 2020 the extension goes.

Already, the prices have been estimated to return to a whole lot of thousands and thousands of {dollars}, with early estimates in February suggesting that they may even attain $1 billion by the tip of fiscal yr 2019.

Newsweek has contacted CBP and the Defence Department to ask whether or not the regular decline in border enforcement may have any impression on the DoD’s border deployment. However, on condition that the extension was accepted in September, when numbers had been already declining, it seems unlikely.

Since being deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border, army members seem to have largely been targeted on offering cell surveillance and detection, helping with aviation help and serving to harden factors of entry, along with putting in concertina wire between designated entry factors.

Border Apprehensions Have Plunged Since May—So Why Are U.S. Military Troops Still There?
U.S. troopers set up barb wire by the US-Mexico border fence in El Paso, Texas state, US, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state. HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty

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