Donald Trump’s positions on illegal immigration kick started his Presidential campaign.
He promised a tough crackdown on illegal immigration that would correct Obama’s historic failure to secure the border.
And new numbers reveal just how colossally Obama failed to stop illegal immigration.
As it turns out, leaving office was the best move Obama could’ve made to stem the flow of illegal aliens flooding into America.
January 2017 saw a 27% decrease in illegal immigration.
The Washington Times reports:
“Illegal immigration across the southwest border plummeted in January, compared to December, as the flow of both illegal immigrant families and children traveling alone dried up, according to numbers released by Customs and Border Protection on Monday.
The numbers are still high compared to past years — indeed, it’s the worst January in records dating back to 2012.
But total apprehensions of migrants trying to sneak across the border fell 27 percent on a month-to-month basis, to 31,575. And the number of inadmissible migrants who showed up at the southwest’s ports of entry fell 28 percent, to 10,899.
Apprehensions are deemed an indicator of the overall flow: The more people caught, the more are believed to be getting through.
The flow always decreases in the deep months of the winter, before picking up again in the spring. Last year Border Patrol apprehensions dropped 36 percent from December to January.
“Overall total migration remained at elevated levels, primarily due to family units and unaccompanied children from Central America, Haitian nationals migrating from Brazil, and Cuban nationals,” CBP said in releasing the numbers.”
Pundits argue the drop in illegal immigration was caused by Trump succeeding Obama.
Trump promised to crackdown on illegal immigration.
That alone could have deterred illegal aliens from trying to sneak into America.
Then once in office, Trump put his crackdown on illegal immigration into effect.
One of the first executive orders he signed directed the Department of Homeland Security to explore ways to cut off funding for sanctuary cities.
He also directed the Department of Homeland Security to enforce immigration laws and deport criminal aliens.
These orders are already having a positive impact too.
ICE agents are free from the Obama-era shackles and morale within their agency has improved.
The New York Times reports:
“Before, we used to be told, ‘You can’t arrest those people,’ and we’d be disciplined for being insubordinate if we did,” said a 10-year veteran of the agency who took part in the operation. “Now those people are priorities again. And there are a lot of them here.”
Interviews with 17 agents and officials across the country, including in Florida, Alabama, Texas, Arizona, Washington and California, demonstrated how quickly a new atmosphere in the agency had taken hold. Since they are forbidden to talk to the press, they requested anonymity out of concern for losing their jobs.
The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said on Tuesday that the president wanted to “take the shackles off” of agents, an expression the officers themselves used time and again in interviews to describe their newfound freedom.
“Morale amongst our agents and officers has increased exponentially since the signing of the orders,” the unions representing ICE and Border Patrol agents said in a joint statement after President Trump issued the executive orders on immigration late last month.
Two memos released this past week by the Department of Homeland Security, the parent agency of ICE and the Border Patrol, provided more details about how it would carry out its plan, which includes Mr. Trump’s signature campaign pledge — a wall along the entire southern border — as well as speedier deportations and greater reliance on local police officers.”
Donald Trump is keeping his promise on immigration.
And the early returns have proven just what a failure Obama was on the issue of securing America’s border.