Drop in illegal US entries continues after migrant policy shift

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Washington (AFP) – Attempted illegal crossings of the southern US border have plunged since new policies to deal with undocumented migrants came into place last week, a US official said Wednesday. The Border Patrol counted less than 4,000 “encounters” — apprehensions and expulsions —  with people crossing over without permission each of the last two days, said Blas Nunez-Neto, assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. That compared with 10,100 per day in the week before the lifting of Title 42, the Covid-19 health emergency rule used for three years to swiftly expel a wide …

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