In another win for the Trump administration, border crossings fell by nearly half in August, and have fallen 60% since May. According to Politico, this is due to President Trump’s plan to force Mexico to stem the flow migrants across the border. Politico writes:
“President Donald Trump’s plan to force Mexico to stem the flow of migrants across the southwest border of the U.S. appears to be working.
Border arrests, a metric for illegal crossings, plummeted to 51,000 in August, according to preliminary government figures obtained by POLITICO Wednesday, down more than 60 percent since a peak in May. And border watchers say it’s largely because of an agreement Trump struck with Mexico in June. Mexican authorities, backed by the newly formed National Guard, are now cracking down on migrants traversing Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, monitoring river crossings and stopping buses carrying migrants from Central America through Mexico. At the same time, the U.S. is making tens of thousands of asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their applications are considered.”
While this drop in illegal border-crossings is a great achievement, 51,000 migrants illegally crossing the border is still 51,000 too many, that is about 1,650 per day. This policy relies on Mexico to enforce their laws, meaning it the sustainability of this success is unknown. The wall is still needed, but still this success in immigration policy for the Trump administration shows that Trump’s policies are working well.