Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced last week that illegal crossings along the southern border have reached historic lows, thanks in large part to the president’s support of law enforcement.
Over the past five months, the amount of illegal border crossings have plummeted, with March having the lowest total in 17 years.
“We’ve seen an absolutely amazing drop in the number of migrants coming out of Central America,” Kelly told the congressional committee. “It won’t last unless we do something, again, to secure the border. The wall, or physical barrier, something to secure our border.”
The LA Times reports that less than 12,200 people were apprehended at the border, which is down 64% from last year. Why are the numbers so low, compared to just a year ago? Border Patrol agents say they aren’t doing anything different, but support from the White House has definitely played a role in the plummeting illegal immigration numbers.
Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agent Marlene Castro says that the new administration is simply allowing law enforcement to do its job, as opposed to harboring illegal immigrants. Castro believes that many factors are at play, including the skyrocketing cost of smuggling people across the border.
“Are you going to risk a 1,000-mile journey and pay $8,000 to be smuggled if you’re not sure you’ll get to stay? I wouldn’t.”
Secretary Kelly, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that sanctuary cities are prohibiting law enforcement from doing their jobs, forcing ICE agents to arrest illegal immigrants in public places, like courthouses.
“Some jurisdictions, including the state of California and many of its largest counties and cities, have enacted statutes and ordinances designed to specifically prohibit or hinder ICE from enforcing immigration law by prohibiting communication with ICE, and denying requests ICE officers and agents to enter prisons and jails to make arrests. As a result, ICE officers and agents are required to locate and arrests these aliens in public places, rather than in secure jail facilities.”
Perhaps these public arrests have worked to deter others from illegally entering the country. Christopher Harris, secretary of San Diego’s local chapter of the Border Patrol union, believes this is exactly what’s going on.
“We truly believe that it has to do with this administration, its rhetoric and its actions,” Harris told the San Diego Tribune. “People are thinking twice before coming.”
Opponents of law enforcement see these results as troubling. Christian Ramirez, human rights director for Alliance San Diego, believes that these numbers are a bit exaggerated, saying that “it’s unfair to categorize this as a success.” Ramirez believes the administration is attempting to “govern through fear mongering,” saying that “You can’t govern through policies that have been questioned by the judicial branch time and time again.”
We are merely a couple months into the Trump administration, and already we are seeing incredible results. Of course, the media would rather talk about Twitter, Russia, or whatever heap of garbage Maxine Waters says. Perhaps they just aren’t used to a president fulfilling his promises. Whatever the reason, it’s getting harder and harder to hide Trump’s victories.