Border turns quiet under Trump amid steep drop in arrests

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Mexico to US illegal immigration and arrests have dropped last month according to the head of Homeland Security.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Wednesday credited Trump's immigration policies and the widely publicized arrests of immigrants living in the US illegally.

WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration still has no idea what the president's promised "impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, handsome southern border wall" will look like.

According to Kelly's original testimony provided to Fox News, there has been a sharp decline in apprehensions along the southwest border since the beginning of the year, with March marking the fifth straight month of decline, apprehending 17,000 individuals attempting to enter the US illegally.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

Building a "real wall" was a central promise of President Donald Trump's campaign ― and one that nearly certainly won't happen in the way he said it would.

Meanwhile, the head of Homeland Security said that arrests of people entering illegally across the border plummeted last month.

In his written testimony, Kelly said the White House will request the next increment of border wall funding in the fiscal 2018 budget.

Parents and children caught crossing the Mexican border into the United States illegally generally can remain together, the Homeland Security chief said Wednesday, in a partial reversal of previous comments.

In Texas, a wall was built along parts of the border a full ten years ago.

Gleason Partners LLC of Las Vegas, on the other hand, proposes the installment of solar panels to cover the various sections of the planned U.S. -Mexico border wall.

Kelly said that the parts of the border that have a physical barrier now-roughly 650 miles built years ago-works well in those sectors to deter illegal immigrants and/or the transport of illegal drugs. "I haven't determined what the wall will look like or where it will be", Kelly said.

Since Trump came into office and after signing several executive orders allocating more resources to border security and deportation, the arrival of undocumented migrants via the southern border has been reduced to record lows.

"The sooner we stop this, you know, we're going to build a wall from sea to shining sea and the Mexicans are going to pay for it; it's embarrassing", Democratic Sen.

Instead of a "beautiful wall" that Trump has promised, the federal government likely will build fencing and concrete walls in places that make the most sense. "Coyotes [human traffickers] aim for cities" where migrants can disappear more readily into the USA, he told the committee.

The first months of the new administration have seen a huge drop in the number of people being caught by agents on the U.S. -Mexico border.

"I feel like I can get some sleep", he said Tuesday afternoon, on the phone from Kabul, Afghanistan, where his company is installing perimeter security for a Department of Defense site.

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