The Trump Effect: Illegal Border Crossings Reach Six-Year Low
There might be good news for America First patriots.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, arrests of border crossers at the southwestern border have dropped 75 percent since May. ZeroHedge argues that this represents one of the most significant reductions in border crossings in recent memory.
On Monday, December 9, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday that 33,510 people were arrested for illegal border crossings in November, which represented the sixth straight month of decline since May. For example, in May, there were 132,000 apprehensions.
In fact, the WSJ points out that the May-November decline is the largest in absolute numbers and second largest in percentage terms of any six-month period in the 21st century.
“This is a direct result due to this president’s strategies to address the historic flood of Central Americans, families, illegally crossing the border,” acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan declared during a press conference on Monday.
“The network of initiatives have worked and continues to work.”
The program in question, “Remain in Mexico,” is one of the largest factors behind the decline of border apprehensions, according to immigration experts. It has prevented some people from entering the U.S. because they figure out that they will likely be left to wait in Mexico for months while their cases are settled.
“I think the big factor has been the Trump administration policies,” stated Randy Capps, director of research of U.S. programs at the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute.
Capps also cited other factors such as crime rates and unemployment in the migrants’ home countries, which haven’t changed significantly in recent months.
The López Obrador government pledged to make the security effort permanent.
This is good news for immigration patriots.
Nevertheless, they should not rest.
Much more reforms will be needed to truly solve the immigration question.
From a potential immigration moratorium to vastly expanding border security, America’s immigration system must be drastically overhauled if it wants to continue functioning as a viable nation state.