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Migrant apprehensions along U.S.-Mexico border drop 28 per cent in June

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U.S. Homeland Security says there was a 28 per cent drop in the number of migrants encountered by Customs and Border Protection at the U.S.-Mexico border last month.

There were 104,344 people encountered in June, down from 144,278 the month before. May saw a record high number of families cross.

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The number of families crossing in June wasn’t immediately released Tuesday, but Homeland Security officials say the tally was down across the board.

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The figure includes both apprehensions between ports of entry, and people who were deemed “inadmissible” by Customs officers.

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The numbers usually drop during hot summer months, but this year’s tally is 11 per cent lower than last year’s May-to-June decline.

The decline comes amid renewed outcry over conditions at facilities, and a crackdown by Mexico on migrants crossing from Central America.