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According to written testimony from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, less than 12,500 illegal aliens were apprehended on the U.S.-Mexico border in March, which is the lowest figure in 17 years and a 71% decline since Dec. 2016.

Secretary Kelly also reported that the number of unaccompanied minors (UAC) and family units continued to decline. Less than 1,000 UACs were apprehended and fewer than 1,100 family units were caught crossing the border last month.

Historically, apprehension numbers normally increase 10%-30% from February to March. Yet, these numbers are significantly lower than February, which reached a five-year low.

Secretary Kelly wrote that the decrease was “no accident” and credited the decline to Pres. Trump’s executive orders.

Read more on this story at The Chicago Tribune.

Updated: Wed, Apr 19th 2017 @ 11:45am EDT