The number of illegal aliens apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border last month fell 64 percent compared to the same period last year, continuing a trend of decreased border activity in the Trump era.
According to numbers released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection this week, 19,967 illegal aliens were apprehended or deemed inadmissible at the southwest border in May. That’s down significantly from the 55,442 apprehended during the same month last year.
The May tally is a 27 percent increase from the April numbers, largely due to warmer weather.
“Based on historic trends, CBP expected a seasonal uptick in apprehensions and inadmissible persons as the summer months began and expects the uptick to continue,” CBP says.
The first four full months of the Trump administration has seen a 60 percent overall decrease in the number of apprehended illegal aliens.
From February through May of this year, 75,910 were apprehended. From February 2016 through May 2016, 188,370 were caught attempting to cross the border.
Traffic has fallen 67 percent from its recent all time high in 2014, when 227,727 illegal aliens were apprehended.