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Currently, about 56 families are waiting in Nogales to apply for asylum status. Most of the migrants are from Guerrero, Guatemala, and Honduras. Arizona Republic

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The number of migrants apprehended along the U.S.-Mexico border and presenting themselves at ports of entry decreased only slightly in July, despite the Trump's administration's crackdown on illegal entries and restrictions on asylum seekers.

The number of Border Patrol apprehensions at the southwest border decreased 8 percent to 31,303 migrants, from June to July, statistics U.S. Customs and Border Protection released Wednesday show. It's the second month of declines in apprehensions.

Similarly, the number of migrants customs officers processed at border ports of entry, including asylum seekers, declined by 93. The decrease for the fifth straight month corresponds with long lines for asylum seekers waiting to talk to immigration officers.

On the Arizona border, the number of migrants also decreased across the board, except in Yuma, where the number of families Border Patrol apprehended rose again in July. 

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Since July 2017, the number of migrant families crossing the border illegally through Yuma has been growing steadily. It's the second-busiest crossing point along the border, trailing only Texas' Rio Grande Valley.

In the past few months, other sections of the border have seen large increases in family apprehensions. But the numbers in Yuma continue to rise. In July, agents apprehended 1,047 migrants, up from 914 the month before.

That increase in July is especially notable given that it was the first full month after Trump ended enforcement of a zero-tolerance policy on illegal entries for families, which resulted in thousands of children being forcibly separated from their parents. 

At Arizona's ports of entry, customs officers processed almost 200 fewer people in July compared with June, with the number of families and unaccompanied minors decreasing, too. 

Nogales, by far the busiest of the state's ports, had for most of the summer seen lines up to 100-people-long of asylum seekers waiting outside the DeConcini crossing to file claims with an immigration officer. 

They waited up to two weeks for that opportunity. But in mid-July, customs officers accelerated the processing of asylum seekers, clearing the two-week wait in less than a week. 

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Arizona Republic reporters explain the difference between seeking asylum at the border and attempting to immigrate illegally. Carly Henry, The Republic | azcentral.com

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