Illegal border crossings are down and President Trump’s new policies are working. This comes from a leaked statement the Associated Press released that is normally only provided to legislators to prepare for questions.
Gen. John Kelly, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security said the “steep decline is no accident and credited President Donald Trump’s policies on illegal immigration.”
In his testimony for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Kelly said fewer than 12,500 people were caught crossing the border illegally last [in March]. That compares with more than 43,000 in December.
David V. Aguilar, former U.S. Border Patrol and acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner, told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that March 2017 figures he reviewed indicate illegal border crossings are down 67 percent [compared to March 2016] …. “It’s actually up to 67 percent drop compared to last year,” Aguilar told the Senate committee.
In former President Obama’s administration, barriers at the borders were taken down which allowed large numbers of migrants from Central America to obtain temporary residency, get jobs and attend America’s schools. That influx of illegals is what made the opposition to Obama so strong. It also added and bolstered President Trump’s campaign promises to build a wall and keep them out.
President Trump has promised to toughen border security by building a barrier along most of the border, and he has already directed border officers to end Obama’s “catch and release” policy. He has also rejuvenated repatriation policies and has promised to curb business’ use of temporary contract workers in place of Americans.