District of Columbia — In data released on Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that arrests at the United States-Mexico border dropped 28% from May to June, officially making it the first drop in arrests so far this year. According to DHS, arrests at the Southern Border dropped from 144,278 in May to 104,344 in June, a 28% decrease and a higher rate of decline than that of this time last year (11 percent).
In a statement, Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan made it clear that the crisis is far from over and that the border is still facing an emergency, “However, we are still in an ongoing border security and humanitarian crisis. U.S. Border Patrol made 688,375 apprehensions through the end of June, 140 percent higher than through this time last year. And our June apprehension numbers are still higher than last year’s, when we were already in a crisis. We are past the breaking point and in a full-blown emergency.”