By Duncan Smith

Apprehensions of illegal aliens have fallen dramatically over the past few months, owing mostly to fears surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

According to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, only 16,789 illegal aliens were caught trying to cross the border between points of entry in April.

The agency says that figure represents only about half of the 35,000 or so individuals caught trying to sneak across the U.S.-Mexico border in March, when both governments began implementing tougher measures in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Of the April detainees, most were single adults likely heading over to work in the agricultural industry.

CNS News reported:

April’s apprehensions mark a major drop over monthly totals from the past few years, when the number of illegal aliens fluctuated from a low of about 16,000 in April of 2017 to a record high of 144,311 last May.

The number of illegal aliens being caught now is at a three-year low. Also, March 2020’s figures were off by 70 percent from the previous year.

According to the CBP’s data, around 104,000 illegal immigrants were caught in March 2019.

“Until now, the lowest point for illegal immigration came just a few months after President Trump took office, as his administration promised new measures to curb illegal border crossings and vowed to immediately deport illegal aliens who were caught crossing the border between points of entry,” CNS News added.

At president, the Trump administration’s current coronavirus restrictions on legal activity at the border run through May 19, unless the president decides to extend them. That includes limiting movement to and from Mexico to “essential” traffic only such as legal trade, commuting, students, and legal permanent residents returning to the U.S.

Tourists are barred at present from coming to the U.S.

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