Illegal border crossings continue to drastically decline along the southwest border. From January to February, Customs and Border Protection saw a 40% drop in total apprehensions.
In previous years, apprehensions increased during this time. In a statement made by DHS Secretary John Kelly, “Since the administration’s implementation of executive orders to enforce immigration laws, apprehensions and inadmissible activity is trending toward the lowest monthly total in at least the last five years.”
Others say they cannot attribute the decreasing number of illegal immigrants coming to the U.S. to President Trump’s executive order.
Sister Norma Pimentel – Director, Catholic Charities of the RGV said, “I’m not sure that they are, it’s too soon to say. I think the increase was because of his election, and the drop is because that’s no longer there. I would say, if there’s a trend that continues on, but will it stay the same? That’s what we need to see.”
Currently the Respite Center in McAllen is serving between 15 to 20 people every day. That’s down from more than 300 per day late last year.