January 16, 2020 – INDIANAPOLIS – In a meeting Tuesday, Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency Mark Morgan reported new statistics indicating the clear progress being made in their mandate to secure the border with Mexico.
At the height of activity last May, daily apprehension reached 4,600 and has now dropped to 1,300. In terms of the 21-daily average representing a 78% cut to below 1,000, Morgan said “That’s a dramatic reduction.”
In addition, in May the agency logged 20,000 illegal immigrants “in custody” with facilities of only 4,000 beds. Now there are hundreds of empty beds. Over 700 Border Protection officers were diverted to handle that housing issue and have been restored now to their border duty. “They are all back,” Morgan said.
Administration policy changes have considerably impacted the overcrowding as “our in-custody numbers right now are actually below 3,000, and it has been steady for the past few weeks,” Morgan said.
Citing the president’s actions with the governments of Mexico and other Central American countries, Morgan stated, “This is not a political statement, it’s because I believe it and because it is true: The success that I just outlined is absolutely a direct result of this president’s strategies.”
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