nearVideo-on-front-lines of the border battle, officials say Trump made a deal with Mexico pays off
Illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border has slowed in recent months, and officials at the forefront of credit, in part, the President Trump deal with Mexico. Fox News accompanied the agents to see the impact first-hand.
LAREDO, Texas – When people think of the southern border, it can bring in the sense of a wide open desert, dotted with cacti and etched by a thin trace of fencing.
Not so here in the Laredo sector, where the Rio Grande narrows and separates the bushy shores of Mexico and the United States by only a few meters from the water. Migrants, mainly for adult men from Mexico, instead of the Central American families, often in other industries, take advantage of the low river surrounded by trees. You know how the smugglers who help illegal immigrants, that if you crawl through the water and in the trees, they are only traded a short sprint before disappearing in Laredo is among the many fast-food restaurants, small houses and money.
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But lately, the crisis-level increase in intersections defused.
On an airboat tour Tuesday, accompanied by Fox News, Border Patrol members Grande carved by the Rio looking for trouble, slows down, occasionally glancing into the trees. This time, it is not found.
This is not to say that migrants are not cross – they are, but the numbers are significantly from the level in the spring. And during the raging heat of the summer months is a factor in discouraging migrants, Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez, that the Trump management push to get Mexico to cooperate with the immigration efforts of the dividends paid.
“We have been monitoring the fear of numbers, especially going back 70 days prior to June 10, and 70 days after the 10. June,” Chavez told Fox News. “And what we have seen here in the Laredo sector, a decline of 30 percent in our fear is numbers, the southwestern border of numbers on the bottom are 38 per cent.”
Trumpf in may, 10 June, the day that he would be duties not to impose on Mexico, if it will help the US-fight-the-migration-crisis was announced. Trump exposed to, ultimately, the tariffs, the days before, after a deal was reached, including the Mexico “example to increase lots of steps,” enforcement, including the deployment of its National Guard, while the “Stay in Mexico” policy have been returned by the asylum-seekers to Mexico for their hearings has been extended.
In Laredo, the distance between Mexico and the United States only a short, but risky swim. (Adam Shaw/Fox News)
Officials in Laredo’s Border Patrol sector on Tuesday informed the US citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), The film’s Director, Ken Cuccinelli, who is on a visit to understand the border this week as part of its efforts, the huge challenge of migration on the status of their efforts.
“Similar to yesterday, as we Remain to saw in Mexico courtrooms, brought to be, it is really only a granular understanding of how things work at the base, in contrast, as we all talk, it’s on paper in Washington,” Cuccinelli told Fox News.
The results are used in the whole border. CBP said this month that it is 82,049 people in July by 21 per cent from June, when it 104,344 people and 43 per cent from may. The number of families and minors crossing the border are also deleted.
Chavez says to help that, along with efforts by the DHS in the direction of further cooperation with Central American governments, is to reduce the once overwhelming flow.
“So, since June 10, I think, a lot of things were happening. DHS has said much done in terms of what you have done with Central America, we have seen Mexico come to the table, we have also seen the Migration, protection protocols,” he, referring to the official name of the “Stay in Mexico” policy. “So all of these things must continue.”
The officials emphasize that this is a case of “the crisis is over.” The summer months have, in the past few years, rest breaks seen in the migration flows, only to see it pick up again once the mercury drops. And the numbers are still strong. In the total fiscal year, the number of apprehensions, while 70 migrants — died in the Laredo sector, especially because of the heat, but a little drown in the deceptively gentle-looking Rio Grande. The agents also have to prevent 2,470 rescues in fiscal year 2019, the number of deaths significantly higher.
Border Patrol officials say they need more infrastructure, changes in the law on human trafficking, the asylum process and the Flores agreement, the limits on how long minors may be detained. An amendment, the extension of this detention period was announced by the DHS on Wednesday morning, although this led to criticism that it is a “barbaric attack on children, on seeds” by the government, “more kids in jail for longer.”
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Earlier Tuesday, Cuccinelli had a bird’s-eye view of the border, as he went on a surgical mission conducted by the customs and border protection authority of the air and Marine Operations (AMO), air and maritime missions on the border and in the nation in the interior. Fox News accompanied him.
In the Rio Grande valley, parts of the border fencing, to prevent migrants to cross. (Adam Shaw/Fox News)
In this sector, the figures may be a day in may declined from a high of around 2,400 to around 800 a day currently. But again, agents were not celebrating, and neither Cuccinelli — not yet anyway. In the chopper, high above the seemingly endless acres of Texas desert, farmland and swamp, as he watched the chopper diverted, of course, dove in close proximity to the ground and helped agents locate and capture a handful of migrants move in the heat of the summer.
The mass of a caravan to be less often than I used to, but they still come. Earlier this month in New Mexico, agent fixed almost 200 migrants, the second largest group arrested in August. In may, the Border Patrol 48 groups of 100 migrants or more arrested; this month, they took less than five.
Cuccinelli praised Trump’s efforts to bring Mexico to the table: “He has a tactic that none of his predecessors, Democrat or Republican, shot in front of him, and it was very successful.”
“Here, they were flooded in may, we are still paying in the crisis, but it seems so low in comparison to may and those intersections, and fears continue to be a real down fall,” he told reporters after the flight.
USCIS Deputy Director, Ken Cuccinelli speaks to Border Patrol officials, prior to an operational mission. (Adam Shaw/Fox News)
Cuccinelli, said sweeping changes to the US legal immigration system since he was acting head of the USCIS in June, that a further cooperation – including one of the last “safe third country” deal with Guatemala – all the tools needed to make the numbers fall.
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“The Integration in the region-not only here in the United States and in Mexico, but in the Northern triangle as well-and beyond-is coming together slowly, but surely, to help all of us work together to keep the tools, the raw numbers, which have really caused the crisis at our southern border,” he said.
Fox News’ William La Jeunesse contributed to this report.