DHS touts drop in border crossings amid ‘zero tolerance’ push
The Division of Homeland Safety said Thursday that border apprehensions dropped by 18 % last month after the Trump administration implemented its &ldquozero-tolerance policy&rdquo toward illegal immigrants crossing the border.
"Following the implementation of the administration&rsquos zero-tolerance policy, the June 2018 Southwest Border Migration numbers declined by 18 % when compared to the preceding month,&rdquo DHS press secretary Tyler Q. Houlton said in a statement.
The statement reflects a renewed administration effort to defend the hard enforcement policy, amid the outcry over because-halted family separations that resulted from it.
According to numbers released by DHS, 34,114 men and women were detained in June, compared to 40,338 in May possibly and 38,243 in April.
&ldquoDHS will continue to enforce the rule of law and uphold our nation&rsquos immigration laws as passed by Congress,&rdquo Houlton stated. &ldquoAs we have mentioned prior to, the journey north is unsafe and puts folks in the hands of smugglers and traffickers. We continue to call on Congress to address the crisis at the border by closing legal loopholes that drive illegal immigration.&rdquo
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Lawyer Common Jeff Sessions has described the administration&rsquos policy as &ldquozero-tolerance, zero releases and one hundred % prosecution&rdquo for these who cross the border illegally.
But a lot more than 2,300 minors had been separated from their families at the border from Might 5 by means of June 9, according to the Department of Homeland Safety.
Following an intense outcry over the separation of parents and young children at the border, President Trump signed an executive order to let kids to stay with parents caught crossing the border illegally.
On Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar mentioned the department will comply with a federal court order to reunite illegal immigrant young children who have been separated from their parents after becoming detained at the border.
Fox News&rsquo Shira Bush, Jenny Buchholz Adam Shaw and The Linked Press contributed to this report.
Published at Thu, 05 Jul 2018 18:25:00 +0000