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Southwest border apprehensions decline in August

TUCSON- U.S. Customs and Border Protection report a drop in the number of apprehensions at the southwest U.S.-Mexico border for the month of August.

“During the month of August, CBP apprehended or deemed admissible a total 64,000 individuals,” said CBP’s Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan. “For July if you recall that number was over 82,000 which represents a decline of 22 percent.”

During the 90-day period, he said that the August numbers reflect a 56 percent reduction from the peak in May which was about 144,000 apprehended individuals.

A spokesperson with CBP’s Tucson Sector said that the majority of apprehensions are families by Lukeville and Ajo, with most of the traffic recently shifting towards eastward locations.

“The Mexican military has increased their enforcement operations in Mexico and due to that we have seen a direct correlation with the decrease in crossings here in the United States,” said Agent Joe Curran.

Agent Curran said that over the past year, they have seen a 270 percent increase in family units dropped off in remote desert areas.

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.
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