Migrant apprehensions along the Southwest border continue to fall

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan announced a decline in migrant apprehensions Monday in Washington D.C.

The number of undocumented immigrants arrested along the Southwest Border decreased for the sixth month in a row. According to numbers released by CBP, the number of apprehensions in November was 33,510 compared to 35,415 in October.

In Washington, Morgan credited the small numbers of migrants to what he calls the administration’s efforts to “all but end catch and release” for families from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

“And this is a direct result due to this president’s strategies to address the historic flood of Central American families illegally crossing the border,” Morgan said Monday.

Morgan also mentioned, despite the decline in apprehension numbers there has been an increase in drug seizures.

Morgan also addressed the investigation into the death of a Guatemalan teenager who died in Border Patrol custody.

Video from inside the cell where 16-year-old Carlos Hernandez Vasquez died back in May shows the teen collapsing on the floor where he was found by agents hours later.

The video shows Hernandez stopped moving just after 1:30 that morning. But Border Patrol logs say an agent performed welfare checks just after 2, 4, and 5 a.m. that day.

The footage published by ProPublica calls into question the Border Patrol’s treatment of Hernandez.

“There is a current, ongoing IG investigation, so it would be inappropriate for me at this forum to really comment on that investigation before that’s completed. I can assure you, since day one though CBP has fully cooperating with the IG and any other investigation that would be tangentially related to this. What I will say is it did happen six months ago. Of course, a single death is tragic regardless of what those circumstances are. When that IG investigation is finalized, I promise I’d be more than happy to come to a forum like this and be very transparent and talk about those recommendations,” Morgan said.

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