Border arrests dropping sharply, House lawmaker says

The number of migrants arrested at the southern border has plummeted in recent weeks to the lowest levels seen in President Joe Biden’s three years in office, easing for the moment a crisis that has touched every part of the United States.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) divulged during a House Appropriations Committee hearing this week that Border Patrol agents stationed along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico boundary made an average of 3,800 arrests per day over the past three weeks, a figure divided across March and April.

The number, 79,800 arrests in three weeks, would put Border Patrol on track to arrest 114,000 illegal immigrants in a month if that apprehension rate stays the same. The last time monthly arrests dipped that significantly was in February 2021, when 97,643 were recorded, and the 99,538 recorded in June 2023.

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