Nov 15, 2019

Apprehensions dwindle at southern border as fewer migrant families seek asylum

Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Mark Morgan. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Officials apprehended more than 42,000 people at the U.S.-Mexico border last month, Customs and Border Patrol commissioner Mark Morgan said on Thursday, per CNN.

Why it matters: The number of apprehensions has continued to drop since its peak of 133,000 earlier this year. Morgan pointed to a 14% dip since September, CNN notes.

  • While CBP held nearly 20,000 people in custody at its border facilities over the summer, Morgan said the daily average now hovers at 3,500, CNN reports.

Context: Morgan said, "[F]or the first time in 18 months, Mexico was the country of origin for the majority of apprehensions and inadmissible aliens, rather than Northern Triangle countries..." He also noted the number of single adults arrests exceeding that of families.

  • Border officials struggled to cope with the number of families at the border, as the "demographics of people arriving at the southern border earlier this year created an added challenge for the department," CNN writes.
  • In response, the Trump administration changed policies to limit who could qualify for asylum in the U.S.

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