Nearly 1 Million Migrants Apprehended or Deemed Inadmissible Along 🇺🇸 US-Mexico 🇲🇽 Border in Fiscal Year 2019, CBP Says
The number of migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border skyrocketed last year as Customs and Border Protection apprehended and deemed inadmissible nearly one million people during the government's 2019 fiscal year, according to acting Customs and Border Protection chief Mark Morgan.
That is 88% higher than the previous fiscal year, Morgan told reporters at the White House on Tuesday, adding that "these numbers are numbers that no immigration system is the world is designed to handle, including ours."
The number of families arriving at the border more than tripled any previous year on record, Morgan said. He pointed out, though, that the "apprehension and inadmissible" numbers have dropped in recent months, calling it an "unprecedented achievement."
There were just over 52,000 law enforcement actions on the southern border in September, down almost 65% from the May peak. Law enforcement actions generally include US Border Patrol arrests, as well as people deemed inadmissible at the legal ports of entry.
Morgan credited the Migrant Protection Protocols program, informally known as "remain in Mexico," coordination and efforts of Mexico and regional partnerships for the drop.
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