In these last few days of what is left of 2012, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has announced a new strategy due to the significant decrease of illegal immigration.
Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, David Aguilar, has revealed part of the new strategy that the agency will be implementing, which is focusing on anti-terrorist operations, even though CBP has never dismantled any terrorist cells at any U.S.-Mexico border.
This new strategy is a historic one also, because the number of detentions at the border regions is now at their lowest in over 50 years, and in a recent official report, CBP is the largest federal law enforcement agency in the country that has more than 21,000 Border Agents nationwide.
So far this year, the estimated number of illegal immigrants who tried to cross the border is 325,000, which in previous years, this number was above 80% compared to the numbers of 2012.
According to the agency, this decrease is due to the improvements in technology that they now use and the increase in agents, which both together have discouraged a lot of immigrants to cross the border illegally.
However, the director for the Coalition of Border Communities, Christian Ramirez, believes that this decrease is due to the fewer jobs that are available now in the U.S.
In a statement Ramirez said, “We know that there is still a high flow, because many parents and spouses who have been deported are attempting to return to reunite with their families, even if that means facing severe punishments if they are caught.”
CBP has now established this new strategy that will be valid until 2016, where they will also look to increase the number of weapons and other resources throughout this time.
So far in the Obama administration, the budget set for the agency has been 350 million dollars, which If you divided that amount, it’s almost 10 million dollars per day for operations at the border.