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Border apprehensions drop, but migrant family crossings continue

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TUCSON - The number of people apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped for the second straight month, according to new statistics released by the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday.

A total of 31,303 individuals were apprehended in July 2018, compared with 34,095 in June and 40,333 in May.

“This decrease shows that when there are real consequences for breaking the law, the conduct of those considering crimes will change,” said DHS Press Secretary Tyler Houlton. “In the month of July, we saw a decrease in illegal border crossings because human traffickers and Transnational Criminal Organizations were put on notice that this Administration was increasing prosecutions of those entering the country illegally.”

The number of families apprehended at the border remains high, with more than 9,000 in July 2018. That is an increase of more than 142 percent, compared to July 2017.

Houlton said the increase coincided with court decisions that “prevent us from detaining and prosecuting family unit adults”.

In June 2018, President Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of families apprehended trying to illegally enter the country.

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