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U.S. Border Arrests Drop As Focus Turns To Mexican Nationals

Authorities say the number of people arrested or stopped entering the United States along the Mexico border decreased for a seventh straight month in December.

Border officials say Mexicans outpaced Central Americans among the detainees.

U.S. authorities say they made 40,620 arrests or detentions of people on the Mexico border in December. That’s down 5% from 42,651 in November and down 72% from a 13-year high of 144,116 in May.

The Trump administration has begun a host of enforcement measures aimed at Mexican nationals. They include a test to quickly determine asylum claims and deporting migrants to the central Mexico city of Guadalajara to discourage repeat attempts to cross the border illegally.

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