U.S. Sees Sharp Decrease in Illegal Immigration From Mexico

U.S. Sees Sharp Decrease in Illegal Immigration From Mexico

A recent article details the sharp decrease in illegal immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border for five straight months, including the months of January through April in 2017. As the Trump Administration’s crackdown on immigrants has continued, smugglers’ fees also have risen substantially, causing some immigrants to evidently choose to remain in their native countries or simply relocate elsewhere. In April, 2017, the number of undocumented apprehensions fell to 11,129, which is the lowest number in decades and two-thirds lower than this same time last year. In fact, in the first three full months since Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested and detained just over 42,000 immigrants, as opposed to 133,000 a year ago. Similarly, there were only 998 unaccompanied children who attempted to enter the country in April, as opposed to more than 7,000 in both November and December. Nonetheless, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reports that it still intends to add 5,000 more immigration enforcement staff to its current ranks, noting that the agency is still understaffed. In early April, former Border Patrol Chief testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee that as compared with 2016, apprehensions of immigrants attempting to cross the country’s southwest border were down by 67%. Given these numbers, some on the committee are now pondering whether adding staff for stepped-up patrols or building Trump’s proposed border wall, which will cost about $35 million per mile, is even necessary. It would cost $2.6 billion to erect just 75 miles of the prototype 30-foot wall that could withstand up to four hours of blowtorching, cutting, or other attempts to break through it. We are the California deportation defense lawyers whom you can turn to if you or a loved one are facing deportation proceedings, no matter what the reason may be. Regardless of the complexity or difficulty of the situation, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. has the experience, knowledge, and skills to advocate on behalf of you and your family throughout the course of any deportation proceedings. Contact our office today and let us answer all of your questions about any aspect of deportation proceedings.
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