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US-Mexico border arrests lowest in 17 years, 64% decrease from last year

Posted at 9:14 PM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 08:44:16-04

United States Customs and Border Protection released statistics for March showing the number of people entering the country illegally is the lowest in 17 years. 

For March 2016, 33,940 people were apprehended at the border and as of March this year, that number decreased to 12,193.

Daniel Hernandez with CBP's Tucson Sector says there are many factors for the decrease. 

"Our agents received a high level of training, we have also increased our technology deployment onto the field," Hernandez explained. "We have different technologies in the form of integrated fix towers as well as remote video surveillance systems."

He says CBP's "Consequence Delivery System" is another way recidivism is down. 

"In past years the enforcement efforts weren't the same way," he said. "There wasn't an emphasis on Consequence Delivery System so with this it allows us to hold people accountable for breaking the law for crossing illegally."

Although the sharp decline in arrests, President Donald Trump's plans for building a border wall are still pushing forward. 

Hernandez says CBP is still looking to hire agents. Click here for a link to apply.