UPDATED 9:20 AM PT — Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Customs and Border Protection officials recently released their total enforcement actions from the start of the 2019 fiscal year through August 31st.
In a statement published Monday, the federal law enforcement agency revealed it apprehended a total of 933 gang members between ports of entry, including 445 suspected members of MS-13. This comes as border apprehensions fell roughly 22-percent in August, and plummeted nearly 56-percent over the last 90 days.
During FY2019 through August 31, Border Patrol agents have apprehended 933 gang members between ports of entry, including 445 members of MS-13: https://t.co/C5Kx1xaQMa pic.twitter.com/JWGDthz06C
— CBP (@CBP) September 9, 2019
Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan said apprehensions dropped for the third consecutive month thanks to President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
“The president has made it very clear that he’s gonna use every tool available to him and this administration to address this unprecedented crisis at the southern border,” Morgan stated. “We have seen historic agreements and policies put into place by this administration, unprecedented network of initiatives from regulatory reforms, policy changes, interior enforcement efforts — the list goes on and on.”
The CBP head went on to stress the importance of cooperation from countries like Mexico, and said regional partners need to continue to do their part in order to deter the ongoing immigration crisis.