Since the White House crafted a deal with Mexico in June to halt the massive migrant caravans assaulting the U.S. southern border, the number of apprehensions has sharply declined. And what many brushed off as exaggeration by the president is proving to be factually correct. Mexico has done more in four short months to curb illegal immigration than Democrats have done in the last decade.
“Now with our new deal, Mexico is doing more for the USA on Illegal Immigration than the Democrats,” President Trump said. “In fact, the Democrats are doing NOTHING, they want Open Borders, which means Illegal Immigration, Drugs, and Crime.”
Without question, Democrats decried every aspect of the deal struck between Trump and his Mexican counterpart. The U.S. Border Patrol had been overwhelmed with thousands-strong caravans. National Guard units and even America’s military regulars had to be positioned to secure the border. President Trump leveraged potential tariffs on Mexican exports to offset the escalating cost of the border crisis. Mexico agreed to an immigration partnership.
Since Mexico began holding up their end, border apprehensions have plummeted. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that only 52,000 illegals were arrested in September. That number represents an 18 percent drop from August, and a 65 percent decline from the peak of the crisis. In May, more than 144,000 illegals were taken into custody, and countless others evaded detection.
“This administration’s strategies have brought about results, dramatic results,” acting Border Protection commissioner Mark Morgan ssaid. “We went from over 19,000 people in custody just four short months ago to less than 4,000.”
The Trump Administration’s multi-prong immigration plan implemented a safe third country policy that deemed those who passed through other reasonably viable nations to apply for refugee status abroad. The White House engaged other Central American countries to participate and discourage mass caravans from trekking to the U.S. Lastly, the “wait in Mexico” policy drastically reduced migrants who were able to game the “catch and release” loophole Democrats continue to support.
Hard data has also dispelled the phony propaganda spewed by liberals and the fake news media that these are kindly, hard-working migrants only seeking a safe home. The Department of Homeland Security has identified upwards of 1,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders arrested annually by Texas law enforcement. The border state has reportedly averaged more than 70 homicides and more than 4,000 assaults annually by illegal immigrants since 2011. The offenses by criminal illegal aliens are staggering.
Lured by Democrat policies such as welfare, free housing, and sanctuary cities, and the Obama-Biden administration’s ineffective immigration policies, reports indicate that as many as 14.3 million immigrants may be in the country illegally. The total estimated bill taxpayers have footed hovers around $130 billion. That’s with a “B.” If the Trump Administration had not implemented a strong crackdown, immigration experts predicted the number of illegals would have topped 21 million by 2025. The cost to working Americans would have approached $200 billion.
“Many pro-mass migration organizations do not want Americans to know just how big our illegal alien problem really is. Therefore, in order to minimize the problem, they engage in all manner of mathematical gymnastics to produce illegal alien population estimates that they see as ‘tolerable, to the bulk of American society,” Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) research director Matthew J. O’Brien reportedly said.
In recent weeks, a 2,000-strong migrant caravan was traveling toward the U.S. just north of the Mexican town of Tapachula. They were surprisingly met with a phalanx of law enforcement officers. Rather than officials doling out visas knowing they planned to try to enter the U.S. illegally, the migrants were taken to a facility. The choices were to apply for a Mexican work visa, refugee status, or return to their country of origin. Mexico has also ramped up its own deportations. The call of stealing jobs from low-income Americans or just living on welfare dollars in sanctuary cities is being drowned out.
As of late September, Customs and Border Protection reported that the Army Corps of Engineers had completed 65 miles of new border wall and many of the deficient barriers had been rebuilt. An estimated 450 miles of wall is expected to be finished by the end of 2020. Democrats voted against all of the funding and fought the Trump Administration’s reallocation of taxpayer revenue to build the wall. Yes, Mexico is doing more to secure the U.S. southern border than Democrats. That’s a fact.