We can build on the progress my Administration has already made - putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history, and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.

from President Barack Obama – State of the Union 2013 on Rap Genius

Meaning

PolitiFact rated this claim as “Half True”:

“Obama said his administration has made "progress” on border enforcement by “putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.”

Obama is right about the numbers of Border Patrol agents and on the immigrant flows across the border. However, it’s a stretch for him to suggest that his administration is the primary reason. The growth in agents began under Bush, and while law enforcement matters in curbing flows of illegal immigrants, so do economic conditions in both the United States and Mexico as well as crime on the Mexican side of the border, and these are factors Obama doesn’t directly control."

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