(KENS-TV) The number of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing Texas' southern border with Mexico has dipped dramatically over the past month, though reasons for the decrease remain elusive.
The number of youths picked up by Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, where most are crossing, fell from 1,985 the week of June 22 to 977 the week of July 6, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Last week, the number fell again to 672 – or a 66% drop from June.
Border Patrol agents and immigration scholars cautioned not to read too much into the numbers, as they could just as quickly start to climb again. But the decline is the first positive sign in the crisis, which has seen thousands of migrant youth overwhelm federal facilities and create a political maelstrom in Washington.
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