OF course what the administration misses is the connection between illegal crossings and job opportunities and fear of the cartels. Mexicans, particularly women, have pretty much given up crossing the border in the midst of a cartel war. Virtually all of them are raped before crossing. Many are killed before crossing in wanton violence in Mexico. So while total number of illegals is down the proportion of the crossers that are cartel criminals among the total population has increased five fold (maybe more).On the one hand the idea that women are not being protected from rape is pretty appalling, on the other hand the Mexican drug cartels seem to have done what a succession of US Administrations couldn't do—greatly reduce illegal immigration by those looking for work in the US. That and the current economy, although I would think the gray economy is doing better than the open economy and many illegals work in the gray economy.
Regards — Cliff