Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 09:49 PM
The number of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States from Mexico declined by 40 percent from January to February, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Wednesday.
The downturn came after President Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20 vowing to deport many of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
The flow of illegal border crossings as measured by apprehensions and the prevention of inadmissible persons at the southern border dropped to 18,762 persons in February from 31,578 in January, Kelly said in a statement.
He said the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, which compiled the data, historically sees a 10 percent to 20 percent increase in apprehensions of illegal immigrants from January to February.
On Jan. 25, Trump ordered the construction of a wall along the roughly 2,000-mile (3,200-km) U.S.-Mexico border, moved to strip federal funding from "sanctuary" states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants, and expanded the force of U.S. immigration agents.
"Since the administration's implementation of Executive Orders to enforce immigration laws, apprehensions and inadmissible activity is trending toward the lowest monthly total in at least the last five years," Kelly said.
Very good. This is actually quite unusual to see such positive results so quickly when a new president takes office. So far, Trump is doing exactly what he promised he'd do.
This is still not an endorsement, merely an "okay, let's keep giving him a chance" kind of thing. I'll always be at least partially suspicious of the man. After all, he is a systemite and not one of us (National Socialist). Maybe I'm still a little on the paranoid side, but we have precedence to be suspicious of all of our leaders.
I also suppose illegal border crossings are down because the illegals are starting to realize that the free pass days are gone and if they are caught, they'll have a record (which makes it easier to catch them if they try again in the future), and they could waste a lot of money coming up here only to be sent straight back - unlike during the Obama administration when they were more likely to be let go.
However, Trump made many campaign promises. Let's just see how many of them he keeps - or tries to keep. In fairness, if congress blocks him or the SCOTUS declares what he does to be unconstitutional, that's not his fault. But again, he's done enough so far to have earned from us the "let's keep giving him a chance" attitude.