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Illegal Border Crossings Fall by 50% Since December, Shifting Westward

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Illegal Border Crossings Decline After December Surge

The number of illegal border crossings into the United States has witnessed a significant decline since the end of December, marking a notable shift after a period of historic highs. This decrease comes as a welcome relief for the Biden administration, which faced criticism over its handling of the surge in migrant entries.

According to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), illegal crossings have fallen by 50% since December. This trend is particularly evident in Texas, where entries have plummeted even more dramatically. Migrants are now increasingly heading westward to Arizona and California, seeking alternative routes into the country.

While southern Arizona remains the busiest corridor for illegal entries, the San Diego area has surpassed Del Rio, Texas, as the second most active location. This shift suggests a potential change in migration patterns, with smugglers and migrants adapting to increased enforcement efforts in traditional crossing points.

The reasons behind the decline in illegal crossings are multifaceted. Some experts attribute it to seasonal factors, as the winter months typically see a decrease in migration activity. Others point to the Biden administration's increased efforts to deter illegal crossings, including the expansion of Title 42 expulsions and the deployment of additional border patrol agents.

Despite the decline, the overall number of illegal crossings remains high compared to historical averages. The Biden administration continues to face challenges in managing the border, with ongoing concerns about humanitarian conditions and the long-term sustainability of current enforcement strategies.

The recent decrease in illegal crossings offers a glimmer of hope for the Biden administration, but it remains to be seen whether this trend will continue in the long term. Addressing the root causes of migration and finding humane and effective solutions to manage the border will require sustained efforts from both the U.S. government and international partners.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09