USA TODAY by Mike James --
The nation's Homeland Security chief said late Wednesday that illegal
crossings at the U.S. southern border have seen "an unprecedented
decline in traffic" that he says coincide with the president's new
executive orders focusing on immigration laws.
Homeland Security John F. Kelly said the drop -- as measured by arrests
and people halted from entering the country at the border -- is around
40% for the first two months of the year. Typically, January and
February are busy months for illegal border crossings.
nominated by Trump in December to take over homeland security, said the
decline "is trending toward the lowest monthly total in at least the
last five years." People apprehended at the border dropped from 31,578
to 18,762, Kelly said.