Border agents are reporting fewer illegal alien crossings since president trump took office, but the numbers are still above record levels.
“Its still not slow by normal standards, but what we've seen in the last two years, its slow compared to that,” says Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, who believes the president's policies are working.
“Right before President Trump took office it seemed to climb even higher, and here recently it is not down to a trickle, but it has slowed considerably,” he says.
Still, more than 13,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended in the fourth quarter last year -- up from 10,500 a year earlier. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the number of families arrested was more than double.
“Hopefully with the end of catch-and-release it wll slow down even more and let us put the focus back where it needs to be, catching the guys that are trying to get away and not the ones that are trying to game the system with false asylum claims,” says Cabrera.