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Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, said last week that President Donald Trump helped the department remedy the humanitarian crisis at the Southern Border.
In particular, McAleenan emphasized at a Thursday congressional hearing that Trump’s diplomatic outreach with Mexico significantly reduced the number of illegal immigration into the United States.
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“Thanks to President Trump’s direct engagement, we’ve entered into an agreement with Mexico in early June to address the migration flows that is making a dramatic impact — a 28 percent reduction in border crossing in June,” McAleenan, who is also the commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said.
In May, Trump threatened to impose severe tariffs on Mexico if the country did not take additional steps to reduce Central American migrants transiting through the country in order to reach the United States. As a response, Mexico agreed to mobilize its security force to crack down on the illegal aliens. These efforts, combined with the life-threatening summer weather that deters migrants, led to a sharp reduction in border arrests from 133,000 in May — a 13-year high — to 95,000 in June.
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The acting secretary also noted that the White House helped improve the humanitarian conditions at the border facilities by requesting emergency supplemental funds from Congress. The emergency appropriation bill was signed into law on July 2 after Trump first requested the funding on May 1.
The additional funding pays for the construction of additional temporary housing facilities, the wages for “surge capacity” officers mobilized to deal with the crisis, medical assistance for migrants, supplies such as food and toiletries, and other items.
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“I am confident that no law enforcement agency in the world is providing more critical life-saving care or medical support than U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” McAleenan said.
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