(Part-2) Mexico enforces more, reducing US illicit border crossings.

U.S. police reported 2,500 illegal Mexican border crossing arrests on Monday, down from more than 10,000 on some days in December. Tucson, Arizona, sector head John Modlin reported 13,800 Border Patrol arrests in the seven days ending Friday, down 29% from 19,400 two weeks ago.

United States Customs and Border Protection reopened Lukeville, Arizona, port of entry on Thursday following a monthlong suspension on the most direct route from Phoenix to its nearest beaches because to the decrease. The U.S. restarted Eagle Pass and three additional sites.

Maverick County Judge Ramsey English Cantu said merchants in Eagle Pass, a community of approximately 30,000, took “a major hit” when a bridge was stopped to vehicle traffic so border officials could process migrants. “We survive pretty much from everything that comes from Mexico,” he remarked.

CBP reopened freight crossings in Eagle Pass and El Paso, Texas, this month following a five-day suspension in response to as many as 1,000 migrants traveling a train through Mexico before trying to enter the border. Casa del Migrante in Piedras Negras accommodated 200 migrants on Thursday, down from 1,500 lately.

Manuel Rodriguez, 40, claimed his family will miss their CBP One asylum appointment. His in-laws, who were deported to Venezuela after police boarded their bus, registered the appointment. “She lost everything under her name,” Rodriguez added.

White House and Senate negotiators are considering a new expulsion authority that would refuse asylum if unlawful border crossings exceed a particular level. Mexico now takes back some illegal immigrants, but such authority would likely depend on its desire to do so.

Mexico's backing was crucial to outdated Trump-era regulations that made 70,000 asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. immigration court proceedings and denied asylum during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute president Andrew Selee warned against overstating Mexico's participation in the traffic decline. Less than 25,000 migrants went through the Darién forest in December, half of October's pace, indicating fewer South Americans are heading to the U.S. Holidays and cold weather reduce migration in December.

“The U.S. can lean on Mexico for short-term border enforcement, but the long-term effects are unclear,” Selee added.

Watch this space for further developments.