U.S. border arrests hit 46-year low, deportation arrests soar

U.S. Customs and Border Protection places illegal immigrants in a holding facility before they return to Mexico, Photo Date: 9/13/2016

Photo: US CBP via MGN Online

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- Arrests at the U.S. and Mexico border have hit their lowest level since 1971, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Statistics from the United States government show that border agents arrested 310,531 people in the 2017 fiscal year which ended on Sept. 30.

This is a decline of 25 percent compared to the 2016 fiscal year.

On the other hand, deportation arrests have increased by 25 percent when you compare this year versus last year.

143,470 immigrants were arrested - most hailing from Central America.

Tom Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told NPR, "overall, removals are down because the border's under better control than it has been in 45 years."

He also doesn't believe that the 45 year low in border crossings is a coincidence crediting Trump's beliefs for helping him do his job. When asked to explain the increase in deportation arrests versus border arrests, Homan claimed 92 percent of deportation arrests were people with criminal convictions.

"We arrested more criminals this year than last year," Homan said. “This president, like him or love him, is doing the right thing.”

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