US-Mexico border: Number of migrant arrests in United States down

The number is down from 140,000 in May to 51,000 in August, according to US Customs and Border Protection preliminary figures.

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    The numbers of asylum seekers apprehended at the United States border with Mexico has dropped in recent months after Mexico agreed to halt the migrant flow in June - or face US economic sanctions.

    Trump says the deployment of thousands of Mexican soldiers to the border has helped bring down the numbers.

    But critics say the policy is not a long-term solution.

    Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Washington, DC.


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