March 26, 2020

Report: Illegal Border Crossings Dropped More than 80 Percent Because of Wall

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By: Nate James

In Brief:

Illegal border crossings are down 80 percent since the installation of a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border, Customs and Border Protection reports.

The Background: reports:

Illegal immigration in one area of Texas has dropped more than 80 percent thanks to the new border wall system that includes multiple layers of fencing, roads, lights, and extra personnel, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan told Congress on Thursday.

Speaking at the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee on the Fiscal Year 2021 budget, Morgan said, “We’ve seen apprehensions and illegal entries and gotaways all being reduced by over 80% in that 20-mile stretch,” referring to a portion of the wall near El Paso, Texas.

Why It Matters:

A bonus for Trump’s re-election campaign!

Notable Quotes:

“It’s not that it’s impenetrable. But it does deny and impede long enough for Border Patrol agents to actually get there to do the apprehension and interdiction. And it works.”

  • Acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan to Congress

Nate James writes from Texas.

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