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Border Patrol Announces Drastic Decline in Illegal Crossings since May Peak

Border Patrol Announces Drastic Decline in Illegal Crossings since May PeakU.S. Customs and Border Protection has seen a steep drop in illegal border crossings since they peaked in May, CBP commissioner Mark Morgan announced Monday.> During the month of August, CBP apprehended or deemed inadmissible a total of 64,006 people. For July, that number was 82,055. This represents a decline of approximately 22%. Moreover, the August number reflects a decline of 56% since the May peak, which was a staggering 144,255. pic.twitter.com/olKXrfyg41> > — Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) September 9, 2019During August, border authorities "apprehended or deemed inadmissible" 64,006 people, down 22 percent from 82,055 people in July and over 50 percent from May's peak of 144,255 people, CBP said.Acting DHS secretary Kevin McAleenan said last month that DHS is working with Central American countries to protect migrants who need asylum as well as conduct an “aggressive effort against human smugglers,” a project he said “could really change the game.”Asked about President Trump's long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border at a press conference Friday, Morgan said he "doesn't care" who pays for it."Every single mile of wall that is built, this country is more safe," Morgan said.



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Trump’s plan to stem border crossings gets results

Trump’s plan to stem border crossings gets resultsBorder arrests are plummeting after Trump crackdown.



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US border crossings plunge but immigration raids draw fire

US border crossings plunge but immigration raids draw fireThe Trump administration hailed a large drop in migrant border crossings Thursday but found itself under attack over a massive sweep of long-resident undocumented immigrants working in several Mississippi slaughterhouses. Detentions on the southern US border plunged for the second straight month in July after a deal with Mexico to block Central American migrants, the Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday. US Border Patrol agents detained or blocked 82,049 migrants at the frontier with Mexico last month, down from 104,367 in June and a 13-year peak of 144,266 in May.



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Beto Slams Warren’s ‘Mistaken’ Call to Decriminalize Border Crossings

Beto Slams Warren’s ‘Mistaken’ Call to Decriminalize Border CrossingsBeto O'Rourke criticized Senator Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday for suggesting that decriminalizing illegal border crossings is the most effective way to end family separations at the border.During the second round of Democratic primary debates Tuesday evening, Warren reiterated her support for eliminating the criminal statute prohibiting illegal entry into the country, which would ensure that only migrants who commit other, ostensibly more serious crimes can be detained.Asked about Warren's position during a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, O'Rourke argued that the family separations that occurred at the border under the Trump administration's “zero-tolerance” enforcement policy can be prevented without fundamentally altering immigration law.“I tried to correct the record, but wasn’t recognized to do this: Senator Warren mistakenly said that Donald Trump is using the criminal code to separate families and to cage kids and to visit this cruelty and inhumanity on our fellow human beings, and that’s just not right,” O'Rourke said.“You can use the civil code, the criminal code, or you could just look to one of the cruelest, most inhumane presidents that we’ve ever had. That’s the problem that we have right now. It’s not an immigration law that’s been on the books for decades,” he added.The former Texas congressman was one of just three Democratic primary candidates to demure when asked during the first round of debates whether they would support Representative Julian Castro's proposal to make illegal border crossing a civil, rather than a criminal, offense.O'Rourke, who grew up near the southern border in El Paso, Texas, defended his opposition to Castro's proposal by pointing out that section 1325 of the Immigration and Naturalization Act, which makes crossing the border a criminal offense, is primarily being used to detain people who are suspected of human or drug trafficking. In fact, only roughly ten percent of people caught crossing the border illegally this year were prosecuted under section 1325.



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Israel reopens Gaza crossings closed for days after rocket strike: official

Israel reopens Gaza crossings closed for days after rocket strike: officialIsrael reopened its crossings with the Gaza Strip on Sunday after having kept them closed for nearly a week following a rare long-distance rocket strike from the Palestinian enclave, an official said. The Erez crossing for people and the Kerem Shalom crossing for goods reopened Sunday morning, a spokeswoman for COGAT, the defence ministry unit that oversees the crossings, told AFP. The reopening comes after tens of thousands of Palestinians protested along the Gaza border with Israel on Saturday, to mark the one-year anniversary since demonstrations and clashes erupted there.



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Israel reopens Gaza crossings closed for days after rocket strike

Israel reopens Gaza crossings closed for days after rocket strikeIsrael reopened its crossings with the blockaded Gaza Strip on Sunday after having kept them closed for nearly a week following a rare long-distance rocket strike from the Palestinian enclave, an official said. Hamas announced an Egyptian-brokered truce that ended the exchange of fire. The reopening also comes after tens of thousands of Palestinians protested along the Gaza border with Israel on Saturday, marking the one-year anniversary since demonstrations and clashes erupted there.



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As Border Crossings Rise, Migrants Held in Makeshift Detention Center Under a Texas Bridge

As Border Crossings Rise, Migrants Held in Makeshift Detention Center Under a Texas BridgeIn El Paso, Texas, a migrant detention center has was constructed under the Paso Del Norte Bridge.



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Illegal US border crossings swell to 76,000 in February

Illegal US border crossings swell to 76,000 in FebruaryThe number of undocumented immigrants stopped at the US border with Mexico soared to more than 76,000 in February, the highest monthly level in years, US Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday. The number of families and unaccompanied children also rose to nearly two-thirds of the total, often crossing in large groups and turning themselves in to authorities to request asylum, blunting the Trump administration’s tactics aimed at curbing the flow. It was also more than double the number of February 2018 and 3.2 times the number for February 2017, the first full month after President Donald Trump took office promising to take aim at illegal immigration.



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Trump administration warns of record illegal border crossings ahead of vote by Congress

Trump administration warns of record illegal border crossings ahead of vote by CongressThe Trump administration warned Republican lawmakers Tuesday about record numbers of illegal crossings at the southern border with Mexico as Congress appeared to be on the verge of terminating President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency there. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visited the U.S. Capitol as the White House sought to discourage more Republican defections on the measure rebuking the president. Republican senators had a “spirited discussion” on the matter, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.



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Spike in illegal Channel crossings 'concerning': UK minister

Spike in illegal Channel crossings 'concerning': UK ministerBritain’s Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said Thursday that a spike in migrants crossing the Channel by boat was “deeply concerning”, after dozens of people were rescued overnight. British border officials found 23 Iranians in three locations in Kent on England’s southeast coast early Thursday, hours after French maritime authorities intercepted 11 migrants in a small boat near Sangatte. Nine Iranians, including three children, were the first to be found early Thursday on a beach near the Kent port town of Folkstone, after sailing from northern France in a 13-foot (four-metre) inflatable boat.



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