Wednesday, 26 July, 2017

Immigration arrests at the Mexican border plummet to a 17-year low

Warren Dawson | 06 April, 2017, 03:00

Typically, this time of year, Customs and Border Protection officers see an increase in people attempting to enter the U.S. illegally from Mexcio.

On Tuesday, they joined more than 500 other contractors submitting bids to the Department of Homeland Security for small prototype designs of the wall Trump promises will stop illegal immigration from Mexico.

The testimonies came just two days before companies will place their final bids on April 6 to design and build President Donald Trump's proposed wall separating the two countries.

It was a little more hard for Fort Worth's Michael Evangelista-Ysasaga, chief executive officer of The Penna Group LLC, who is Latino and bid on both wall categories - despite getting death threats because of his high profile on the issue.

None of the lawmakers or witnesses at the Senate hearing rejected a wall entirely.

'There will be a lot of different activity - protests, prayer vigils - on both sides of the wall, ' Enrique Morones, executive director of Border Angels, an open border advocacy group, told the Daily Mail. It's a sentiment shared by iCON Wall, which would feature recycled glass on both sides of the wall, going beyond the government's requirements. "We pray and hope that they're peaceful". A 1970 treaty with Mexico requires that anything built near the Rio Grande river not obstruct its flow, and the same treaty rules apply to where the Colorado River flows on the border in Arizona. And in areas where those towers cannot be installed, like tribal property or geographically unstable land, tethered drones can stay up for weeks and keep watch over 7 to 8 miles, he said. Going back to 2000, according to Customs and Border Patrol data, apprehensions have increased every February and every March. They say 18 people arrested are from Oklahoma City and seven are from Tulsa, and those numbers mark a drastic decrease from previous years.

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Later in the hearing, Kelly explored other reasons why he thinks that fewer people are crossing the southwest border into the US, which include improving economic conditions in migrants' home countries and rising prices charged by coyotes helping to smuggle people across the border.

Mr Kelly said the United States was receiving "a huge amount of co-operation from the Mexicans".

Colburn called the Yuma sector "proof of concept" that the border can be secured, with over 63 miles of primary fence and 9 miles of secondary fence behind that.

"It's going to be more expensive than the fence", he said.

"The greatest impact in raising the morale in the last 90 days is the work force is now allowed to do their job", the former general said. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., asked about the acquisition of private lands to build the wall and specifically asked about the levees built in Brownsville that serve as a border barrier and are now supported by McAllen and Hidalgo County officials.

US Customs and Border Protection declined to identify or say how many there were that met Tuesday's deadline for bids, according to the AP.

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