The Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) deputy commissioner is calling for help from Congress amid a continued crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shared immigration statistics that show the total border apprehensions of migrants dropped 28 percent from May to June — taking a decrease from 144,278 in May to just over 104,000 total in June.
CBP’s Robert Perez told Fox News that President Donald Trump deserves some of the credit for the decline in total apprehensions amid a surge. He says the president made an “unprecedented agreement” with Mexico after Trump pushed them to step up to the plate on the flow of migrants coming to the U.S. with his tariff threats.
Although the total number of migrants trying to cross into the U.S. illegally declined, border agents still feel the need for more action in Washington, D.C. on the situation — as it’s the fourth straight month of over 100,000 total apprehensions per month.
“We are still in a crisis,” Perez said. “We absolutely need to continue to address this.”
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Noting that Perez offered credit to the president for the migrant apprehension decline, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted on Tuesday, “While Dems push to decriminalize illegal immigration, President Trump is getting results.”
The June report for the southern border has one Republican lawmaker calling the decrease “good” but with the “4th straight month of over 100k border arrests,” it’s still “unacceptable,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) tweeted Tuesday evening.
“The President was right to demand more from Mexico,” Crenshaw added. “Now some action from Congress would be nice.”
With pressure to address the border situation, the House passed on June 27 a Senate-approved a bill to provide $4.6 billion in border aid, which was then signed by the president. Only four House Democrats voted against the bill, even after showing frustration over border conditions.