The number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border in recent weeks appears to be dropping substantially, reports The Hill. While an average of 355 unaccompanied children crossed the Rio Grande every day in June, an average of 150 migrant children per day were apprehended crossing the border over the first two weeks of July, said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. Earnest said it was unclear why the numbers had dropped, though he said the White House believes the administration's “response and efforts to work with Central American leaders to publicize the dangers of the journey,” and efforts to tell immigrants they'd be sent back to their home countries, “have all played a part.”
Despite the decrease in migrant children captured across the border, the White House is still encouraging Congress to pass the $3.7 billion supplemental immigration request it unveiled this month. Earnest said “efforts to support deterrence, address the root causes of migration and build our capacity to provide the appropriate care for unaccompanied children and adults traveling with children” remained “critical to managing the situation.” Also yesterday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced that he planed to deploy 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border in a bid to address the crisis.