Border officials saw a decrease in apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border last month, but acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan is warning that there’s still an ongoing crisis at the border.
On the heels of four months of reaching over 100,000 apprehensions of migrants trying to cross illegally into the U.S., apprehensions dropped below that mark for the second consecutive month.
In July, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended 71,999 migrants, in comparison to the 82,049 migrants arrested in June.
Although there is a decrease during the month of July, it’s still higher than the 40,149 apprehensions in July of the fiscal year of 2018 and nearly triple the 25,069 apprehensions in July during the fiscal year of 2017. Additionally, in the fiscal year of 2019, there are a total of 862,785 apprehensions so far with two months still to go — in comparison to the 521,090 apprehensions in the entirety of the fiscal year of 2018, according to CBP statistics.
CBP released Southwest Border Migration statistics for July—71,999 individuals were apprehended and 10,050 individuals were deemed inadmissible.
862,785 individuals have been apprehended or deemed inadmissible along the SW border in FY19.
— CBP (@CBP) August 8, 2019
In response to the 21 percent drop in July, McAleenan is declaring that the migrant “crisis levels” is still an issue that needs to be addressed.
“The situation is improving by every available metric, but I want to be very clear that we remain at and beyond crisis levels in illegal crossings even as our initiatives to address irregular flows and mitigate humanitarian conditions are making an impact,” McAleenan said in a statement.
The DHS secretary noted that the “reductions in flows” as well as the $4.5 billion in emergency supplemental funding for the border provided by Congress “have allowed us to dramatically mitigate the challenging overflow conditions in our border facilities” and “eliminate long waits in border stations and reduce the number of children in custody at the border.”
He also applauded Northern Triangle countries, specifically Guatemala, for helping to “[stem] irregular migratory flows.”
“While our efforts are working, the volume of migrants crossing our southern border remains at crisis levels,” McAleenan said. “To address this crisis, we will continue to collaborate with our international partners and seek the targeted fixes to our immigration laws from Congress.”