Arrests at the southwestern border dropped by 28 percent in June, according to the Department of Homeland Security, signaling the first time this year that the number of border crossings declined.

The department said that 104,344 arrests occurred in June, down from 144,278 in May — the highest monthly total in 13 years.

It credited the drop to the security forces Mexico deployed to prevent migrants from reaching the United States border and the expansion of a program that forces migrants to wait in Mexico as their immigration cases are processed.

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