The border chief said Mexico is a big help on the border.
The total number of illegal crossings are down 56 percent with Mexico’s help.
The top U.S. border official celebrated another significant downturn in the number of people attempting to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, and credited the Trump administration's efforts to secure partners south of the border for the change.
In August, just under 51,000 people were arrested for illegally crossing the southwest border while a bit over 13,000 people presented at ports of entry, acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan announced at the White House Monday afternoon. The total 64,006 total figure encountered is down 56% from the peak of 144,000 at the height of the border crisis in May. It was 82,000 in July.
Morgan said "unprecedented support" from Mexico and Central American countries are major factors in why the number of encounters, which the government uses as an indicator for the number of people attempting to enter, has continued to decline.
"The Northern Triangle countries especially, along with the government of Mexico, have really joined the United States as true partners for the first time," said Morgan. "They really are seeing this as a true regional crisis that needs continuing coordination cooperation and effort. That this is not just a United States problem, that this is a regional crisis that needs regional support and regional solutions."