Authorities arrested 71,999 undocumented immigrants on the Mexican border last July, a figure lower than the 94,908 cases registered in June, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office reported Thursday.
Of the total arrested, 5,561 were unaccompanied minors; 23,872, adults alone; and 42,566 formed a family (which the authorities define as individuals accompanied by a minor, a parent or a legal guardian).
July statistics also show a considerable drop compared to May, when the detentions in the limit rebounded to 132,870, the highest number since March 2006.
According to the CBP, between October 2018 and July 2019, 760,370 undocumented immigrants were detained, which exceeds the total data for the last five years.
So far this fiscal year (from October to September), family arrests, with 432,838, correspond to more than 50% of arrests, followed by those of single adults (258,375) and unaccompanied minors (69,157).
The authorities also revealed that in July 10,050 people not admitted to the border were counted, which represents a slight increase compared to June, when 9,459 cases were counted, and a decrease compared to May, which closed with 11,396 applications denied.
During July, 5,326 of these not admitted were adults alone, 4,344 corresponded to families and 291 unaccompanied minors.
Foreigners not admitted to the Mexican border add up to the fiscal year 102,415, mostly adults alone (55,835).
The fall of the arrests of undocumented immigrants and those not admitted is known after the government of the president, Donald Trump, reached an agreement with Mexico on June 7 that has resulted in the deployment of thousands of troops of the new Guard National in the southern and northern borders of that country to control the migration flow.
Similarly, the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador agreed to welcome in Mexico those migrants who hope to resolve their asylum application in the United States.
In addition, on July 26, the Trump Administration reached an agreement on asylum with Guatemala that obliges the majority of migrants who cross the Central American country to apply for asylum there, rather than on US territory.