DHS Chief Ken Cuccinelli partially credited the Trump Administration’s “remain in Mexico” policy for the 8th month in a row where border apprehensions drop.

The Hill:

Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli said Friday that the drop in apprehensions on the U.S.-Mexico border can be credited to Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) among other factors. 

According to Cuccinelli, the Department of Homeland Security has processed 60,000 people under MPP, which went into effect in January 2019. The policy, colloquially referred to as the “remain in Mexico” initiative, requires migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to await their court dates on the Mexican side of the border. 

Mexican authorities using U.S. resources began offering housing for migrants in December, though immigrant rights groups have said that conditions are subpar. Cuccinelli called Mexico an “outstanding partner” in their operations.

“It’s hard to measure how many may have been deterred from coming to the southern border, but we just had our 8th month in a row of declining apprehensions and inadmissible turnaways at the southern border,” Cuccinelli said. “Eight months in a row ties a modern record; I think you have to go back to 1992 to see that many months at the same time.”

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