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Illegal crossings plunge as US extends policy across border

1 year 8 months 5 days ago Sunday, January 19 2020 Jan 19, 2020 January 19, 2020 10:29 AM January 19, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By ELLIOT SPAGAT
Associated Press

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Illegal border crossings have plummeted after the Trump administration made more asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. The drop has been most striking on Arizona's western border, a pancake-flat desert. Border arrests there fell 94% from May to October. A Border Patrol official says traffic plunged after asylum-seekers learned they couldn't stay in the U.S. while their cases wound through court. More than 55,000 asylum-seekers were returned to Mexico to wait for hearings through November, 10 months after the policy was introduced in San Diego.

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