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Arrests along U.S.-Mexico border jumped 40% last month

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer pats down a suspect during an arrest along the Mexico border.

WASHINGTON, DC -- Around 40 percent more migrants were detained at the Mexico-U.S. border in June than the month before, with the Washington Post noting that the jump came despite Trump administration efforts to swiftly "expel" illegal border-crossers.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection data released Thursday showed agents made 32,512 arrests and detentions along the border in June, an increase from 23,142 in May. The arrests were nearly double the 16,969 arrests reported in April.

Despite the June rise, CBP Acting Commissioner Mark A. Morgan said in a series of tweets that the numbers were still "65% lower than 104,311 encounters in June 2019."

But he did use the current migration increase to make the case for President Trump's $15 billion border wall project, tweeting that "it is imperative that we continue to build the border wall system."

Along with the numbers release, the Trump administration on Thursday also published a proposed a new rule that cites danger from the coronavirus pandemic as a justification for denying immigrants asylum claims.

"CBP continues to tackle unprecedented challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic," Morgan also tweeted. "At the end of the day, CBP will continue to prevent and deter illegal crossings that endanger the life of the American public."

The release of the latest border enforcement data came a day after President Trump met with Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the White House, where the two men lauded each other's cooperation on various issues including immigration, trade and efforts to deal with the coronavirus.

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



  1. The wall will start coming down 24 hours after Sleepy Joe is sworn in. Then when a migrant arrives at the border the BP will make sure he is not a wanted criminal in his home country, make sure he has never been convicted of a crime in his home country, be examined for the presence of a communicable disease, be given a form to fill out that gives the address of his proposed residence where he will await the 30 day processing of his application for a permanent resident card, and be given the address of the Federal building where he can pick up his card when the processing is completed. He will also be issued a work permit that will allow him to work during thec30 day processing period.

    1. The fence will have license plate size signs every 100 yards saying “Welcome to Mexico” facing north and “Bienvenidos a los Estados Unidos” facing south.

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