Donald Trump rocketed to the Presidency on one issue: immigration.
It helped turn him from a novelty act into successful candidate.
Now that he is President, the early returns are in and the results are shocking.
Pundits and establishment politicians expected Trump to trim his sails on immigration once he won the Presidency.
They expected the “business as usual” approach where a Republican candidate talked tough about border control during the campaign, but continued the open border status quo once elected.
But that is not the case Trump.
Trump came out right out of the gates with executive orders which cracked down on illegal immigration, ended the policy of catch-and-release, and allowed federal agencies to withhold funds from sanctuary cities.
His policy shifts had immediate impact.
David V. Aguilar – the former head of the U.S. Border Patrol – testified to Congress that illegal immigration is down 67 percent since Trump assumed office.
“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, according to The Washington Times. By comparison, February statistics indicating the number of illegal alien apprehensions fell 40 percent.
“It’s actually up to 67 percent drop compared to last year,” Aguilar told the Senate committee.
The former Border Patrol chief explained that similar decreases occurred during the Reagan Administration but later spiked in the decades to follow.
Mr. Aguilar’s Capitol Hill comments were not immediately verified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The retired law enforcer’s statement does, however, follow news previously reported by Breitbart Texas related to the mothballing of temporary holding facilities for the pre-election surge of migrants throughout 2016. In mid-February, a Rio Grande Valley Sector facility near the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge was closed after the prior month’s Family Unit Aliens (FMUA) and Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) border apprehensions exhibited double-digit tumbles. Days later, Breitbart Texas reported on a second overflow facility closure located about 40 miles east of El Paso. Both plants were placed in “warm standby” status capable of reversal in less than 24 hours.”
Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration took on added importance after two illegal aliens, who were previously caught at the border and then released, committed a shocking rape in a Rockville, Maryland high school.
They were turned loose by the Obama administration (http://www.americanpatriotdaily.com/latest/sick-horror-obama-responsible/) to live with their relatives after being caught at the border.
Center for Immigration Studies Director of Policy Jessica Vaughan explained to Breitbart why Obama was at fault for these illegal aliens being able to roam a Maryland high school:
“An alleged rapist was delivered from Central America to a school hallway in Maryland by former President Barack Obama’s policy of treating economic migrants as if they were victims of crime, said an expert on illegal immigration.
“The only reason the older youth, Sanchez Milian, was in the country at all was because of the Obama administration’s catch and release policies that allowed him to be resettled in Maryland (with the support of taxpayers), with few questions asked,” the Center for Immigration Studies’ Director of Policy Jessica Vaughan told Breitbart News.
“Few groups of illegal immigrants have left such a violent mark in our community as these so-called unaccompanied minors—they are almost like modern day Marielitos (the Cuban inmates released by Fidel Castro decades ago),” she said. “Dozens have been arrested for violent crimes in Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia and Texas.”
Trump has not backed down from his tough campaign rhetoric on illegal immigration.
And it’s a welcoming sign that the “business as usual” approach to our borders has ended, and the swamp is being drained.