President Trump’s tough line on immigration has caused a sharp decline in the number “of illegal immigrants attempting to enter the US by crossing the Rio Grande.”
Border Patrol agents said migrants were no longer willing to risk the dangerous journey and pay steep smuggler fees now that the chances of them being allowed to stay in the US are so slim.
The phenomenon at the Rio Grande crossing is not isolated. Only 12,193 people were arrested across the entire Southwest border in March, 50,000 fewer than in October.
In Yuma, Arizona, only 336 were arrested trying to cross the border in March whereas 1,155 were stopped in January.
El Paso, another busy crossing in Texas, saw only 976 arrested in March, a decrease of 1,803 since January.