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YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Adolfo Cardenas smiles faintly at the memory of traveling with his 14-year-old son from Honduras to the U.S.-Mexico border in only nine days, riding buses and paying a smuggler $6,000 to ensure passage through highway checkpoints.
Illegal crossings plummeted across the border after the Trump administration made more asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. court. The drop has been most striking on the western Arizona border, a pancake-flat desert with a vast canal system from the Colorado River that turns bone-dry soil into fields of melons and wheat and orchards of dates and lemons.
The article goes on to state the following:
Arrests in the Border Patrol’s Yuma sector nearly hit 14,000 in May, when the policy to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico took effect there. By October, they fell 94%, to less than 800, and have stayed there since, making Yuma the second-slowest of the agency’s nine sectors on the Mexican border, just ahead of the perennially quiet Big Bend sector in Texas.
Anthony Porvaznik, chief of the Border Patrol’s Yuma sector said, “Their whole goal was to be released into the United States, and once that was taken off the shelf for them, and they couldn’t be released into the United States anymore, then that really diminished the amount of traffic that came through here.”
The drop has been most striking on Arizona’s western border, a pancake-flat desert. Border arrests there fell 94% from May to October. https://t.co/5QSwZ38Btn
— Alex Sanz (@AlexSanz) January 19, 2020
Illegal crossings plunge as US extends policy across border https://t.co/pLR17dseyq
— Laredo Morning Times (@lmtnews) January 19, 2020
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