President Trump will use his visit to Yuma, Ariz., to renew his push for a southern border wall, and cite the success that Yuma's border wall has had in deterring illegal immigration.
The Yuma sector saw an 82 percent drop in apprehensions since 2007, when 57 miles of wall and fencing infrastructure was installed in the region, according to Department of Homeland Security officials who briefed reporters Tuesday morning.
Only 5.2 miles of the Yuma border had fencing at the time the Secure Fence Act passed Congress in 2006. The wall was lengthened to 63 miles, and other border infrastructure changes were made.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection official based in the Yuma sector said what was once the least secure area of the border is now the most secure spot, because of the wall.
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer with the Enforcement and Removal Operations team said DHS must continue to have a "strong interior effort as well."
Since President Trump's executive actions in January, ICE has arrested 91,000 illegal immigrants inside the country, a 43 percent increase from the same period in 2016.
Trump's trip to the border town marks the first time he will return to the international line as president, and the White House hopes the move is another message to Central Americans who might still attempt to travel north and try to illegally cross into the U.S.
"We're trying to dissuade [people], especially unaccompanied minors and family units, from making that dangerous trip north by removing the pull factor. We will have interior enforcement inside the U.S.," an ICE EOR official said Tuesday.
Trump will tour the border's central point of operations in Yuma from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. local time, and will be briefed on Border Patrol operation results, policy initiatives, and employee morale. He will also get a hands-on look at the agency's border equipment, including the hanger bay, a Predator drone, a Border Patrol boat and surveillance truck.