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>> The number of illegal immigrants arrested on the US border with Mexico has fallen to lowest levels since 1971. That's according to data released Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security. As of September 30th, Border Security had made 24% fewer arrests than in the same period in 2016, for a total of 310,000.
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The White House is crediting the drop to stepped up Border Security. But while overall border crossings dropped immediately after President Trump took office, possibly due to fears of a tougher policy, the data shows arrests have been ticking higher since May. Border crossing have been on an overall downward trend for decades, with analysts citing several factors other than security.
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Including the declining birth rate in Mexico and the US recession of 2009. The new DHS number also shows a spike in the arrest of illegal immigrants inside the US, as the Trump administration tries to make good on a promised immigration crackdown.