According to US Gov’t, Illegal Entries At Mexican Border Are Down 76% Since 2000

President Trump insists there is an illegal immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border. The data beg to differ.

According to President Donald Trump’s telling, there is a crisis of illegal immigration at the southern U.S. border, painted as an influx of dangerous people and illicit drugs.

But the data tell a different story than the one Trump is using to beef up support for his long-promised border wall: Since the peak in 2000, apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border have fallen 76 percent.

FactCheck.org notes that illegal crossings are difficult to track, but the federal government is able to monitor the situation by the number of apprehensions. This data is kept by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.

According to those numbers, apprehensions at the “Southwest border peaked in 2000 at 1.64 million and have generally declined since, totaling 396,579 in 2018.”

Under the Obama administration, the yearly apprehensions on the Southwest border declined by 35 percent from calendar year 2008, the year before President Obama took office, through the end of 2016. In President Donald Trump’s first full year in office, the apprehensions declined by 43 percent, from calendar year 2016 to 2017.

On a monthly basis, the apprehensions decreased significantly during the first six months of Trump’s tenure and then began to rise. The number was actually higher in November (the most recent month for which the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has published figures) than it was when Trump was sworn in.

Trump’s insistence that a crisis exists at the southern border simply is not backed up by his own government’s data.

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MtnJeff
MtnJeff

Come on we all know and hear of Trumps lies and tweets day in and day out. There is no way this man is to be trusted and he is a horrible businessman. All of this is easily proven by those who have worked with him and those that have been oppressed under his thumb. Time for America to wake up and wise up and make sure this man never gets into power again. Worst president ever!