“Things are looking up on the border,” said Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd on Monday, noting a drop by nearly a third in the number of Central American asylum seekers crossing into the United States since President Trump’s deal with Mexico.
“We’re already seeing the huge dividends,” Judd told the Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney on Monday.
“We’re ecstatic to see this drop,” Judd said, referring to fellow Border Patrol agents.
He said that in May “we were seeing things we hadn’t seen before,” with people crossing the border illegally from Africa nations and Cuba.
But in June, Judd said, agents have seen a drop from those nations as well as from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
“That’s very, very welcome, because the numbers completely and totally overwhelmed” Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Border Patrol, he said.
“So we had to see that drop and we are seeing it,” he said.
Varney, observing that Judd has made appearances on the show “for a long, long time,” said he believed it was the first time Judd had “real progress” to report “in terms of the number of people coming across the border.”
In an agreement Trump announced June 11, Mexico was given 45 days to strengthen its southern border and demonstrate it could stem the flow of asylum seekers. Mexico has deployed 6,000 National Guard personnel to the border with Guatemala.
Trump said at the time the plan was, regarding Mexico, “to make the south like the north as far as possible.”
If the plan fails, Mexico has agreed to be designated a safe third country where migrants’ asylum applications would be processed there rather than in the U.S.
On Monday, Mexico’s defense minister, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, announced nearly 15,000 soldiers and National Guardsman have been deployed on the country’s northern border.
He said the troops are detaining migrants who try to cross into the United States.