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- Mark Morgan, acting commissioner for customs and border protection, said that the Trump border wall is not a vanity project. is
- During a press conference on Monday, he praised a 56 percent decrease in the detentions of illegal border crossings from May to August
- He said the number would probably again & # 39; peaks & # 39; if the boundary wall was not there
- Morgan also expressed his support for Trump's attempt to build 500 miles of border walls by the end of 2020
- He also praised Mexico for helping reduce illegal immigration on the part of the border
The acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner defended Donald Trump's pressure on the border wall when he praised the dramatic decline in illegal crossings over the past month.
Mark Morgan told reporters during a briefing Monday that the promised wall of Trump is not a vanity project.
& # 39; The President has made it very clear that he will use all available resources and this administration to tackle this unprecedented crisis at the southern border, & # 39; Morgan said.
Morgan announced that in August immigration authorities illegally crossed more than 64,000 people across the southern border. The new figures are a 56 percent decrease since a decade high 144,000 in May.
Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said on Monday that Trump's border wall is not a vanity project because he praised a 56 percent drop in illegal border crossings from May to August.
Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Mexico if the government did not help curb illegal border crossings on their side of the US-Mexico border. Morgan said that Mexico's efforts have contributed drastically to the decline of illegal crossings by immigrants
He also attributed the mobilization of Mexico by military forces on his side of the border as contributing to the decrease in illegal border crossings.
& # 39; The government of Mexico has taken meaningful and unprecedented steps to curb the flow of illegal immigration & # 39 ;, he said.
Earlier this summer, Washington received a commitment from Mexico to help reduce illegal immigration after Trump threatened to impose tariffs on his southern neighbor and major trading partner.
The US government has also worked more closely with other Central American countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
& # 39; The international scope of the governments of Central American countries is also beginning to deliver effective and positive results, & # 39; he continued, & in particular efforts to halt the increase in illegal migrants crossing the southwest border and to disrupt alien smuggling activities. & # 39;
Morgan also said the figures probably & # 39; peaked & # 39; because he expressed support for Trump & # 39; s attempt to build a 500 mile border
The Trump government unveiled a new rule on July 15th whereby most immigrants seeking asylum in the US must apply for asylum in a country they had to travel through to reach the southern border of America.
Despite the fall, Morgan said that Trump & # 39; s attempt to build 500 miles of border wall by the end of 2020 is still an important national security initiative.
He said he pays little attention to whether Trump's frequent campaign promises that Mexico will pay for his wall.
& # 39; I don't care. That is political. That is for politicians to decide, & # 39; he said, adding that & # 39; every mile of the wall that is being built, this land is safer & # 39 ;.
Like the president, Morgan blamed Congress for sitting on his hands instead of financing the wall and a program of increased border control and intervention.
& # 39; We know these numbers can always rise, & # 39; he said, adding that & # 39; unless the laws change, these numbers will rise again next year & # 39 ;.
Trump continues to advocate building the wall, and often tweets images and video of parts of the wall that are completed or at different stages of construction.
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