Border Officials Report That Detentions Have Gone Down in August as Mexico Cooperates

FILE PHOTO – Soldiers assigned to the National Guard keep watch near a section of the border fence between Mexico and U.S. as seen from Anapra neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

About 64,000 people were detained or turned back at the southwest border in August, down 22% from July and down 56% from a high mark in May, U.S. border officials said on Monday, citing greater cooperation from Mexico in cracking down on Central American migrants.

The total, still the highest for the month of August in more than a decade, was reported as a U.S. district judge dealt a setback to a new Trump administration rule that sought to block almost all asylum applications at the border.

With President Donald Trump’s hardline anti-immigration policy shaping up as an issue in his 2020 re-election campaign, Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, announced the statistics at a White House briefing.