• Strengthened Border Efforts Working: Numbers of Illegal Immigrants’ Apprehended Declining

    Surge Summary: The black and white statistics suggest the Trump Administration’s intensified efforts to secure the southern border are bearing fruit: the numbers of those attempting to enter the U.S. without authorization continue to shrink.

    The Associated Press reports the number of illegals apprehended at the southern U.S. border declined in September, Trump administration officials said Tuesday. That’s the fourth straight month of declines.

    Border officials came across about 52,000 migrants at the border last month — down about 65% from the peak in May of about 144,000, Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said. That number includes both people who have crossed between borders illegally and people who sought admission into the U.S. at an official port of entry but were deemed inadmissible.

    The news will likely please President Donald Trump and his supporters, viewing – reasonably — the monthly tally as an indicator the Chief Executive’s hardline immigration policies are working. Curbing immigration, of course, has been a signature issue for the president. It seems enforcing the law – and making noise about enforcing the law – works! Discourage potential lawbreakers … and potential lawbreaking will be discouraged.

    “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” (Ecclesiastes 8:11 – NKJV)

    The number of people encountered at the border during the 2019 budget year is likely to be nearly 1 million, one of the highest figures on record.

    National Review’s Mairead McArdle specifies it’s the highest level in a dozen years – 975, 000 arrested in fiscal year 2019 which ended September 30.

    She writes,

    The past year saw a “staggering” 88 percent increase in arrests, Morgan added. …

    Just over 52,000 individuals were taken into custody in September, an 18 percent decline from August and a stark 65 percent decline from May, when apprehensions peaked at more than 144,000.

    Associated Press:

    The number of migrants crossing the border traditionally declines in hot summer months. Numbers tend to rebound when the weather gets cooler, though officials have insisted that the decline cannot be explained simply by seasonal factors. Morgan said the administration’s strategies have brought about results.


    “It does appear that we have turned a corner on the situation at the border, with a notable improvement in the number of illegal arrivals since May,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, told National Review. “The reward of an indefinite stay in the United States [was] enticing people to make this dangerous journey to cross the border illegally, and so the change in policies is producing results.”

    Vaughan then adds less sanguinely,

    “For a longer term solution, Congress needs to update the laws on asylum and how families and minors who arrive illegally are handled, but that is unlikely to happen in the near future.”

    Despite the evidence — what seems to be obvious to many — some apparently are refusing to be convinced. The administration’s tightening of the southern border is clearly paying dividends, but many don’t want to acknowledge that.

    Among these apparently effective policies are denial of asylum to most migrants who crossed through another country to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border and returning more than 45,000 migrants back to Mexico while they await the processing of their asylum claims.

    “This administration’s strategies have brought about results, dramatic results,” Morgan said from the White House press briefing room.

    Fewer people are being held in custody at border facilities. Four months ago, it was about 19,000, a massive number when 4,000 was considered a crisis. Now it’s just under 4,000, Morgan said. [AP]

    Mexico has also toughened measures on its own borders, the result being fewer migrants reaching the U.S. Additionally, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan has signed cooperative agreements on asylum and border security with the Central American nations of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The U.S. will help create security and asylum practices stopping the flow of migrants north, most of whom pay $7,000 or more to smugglers to make a dangerous and sometimes deadly journey.

    H/T: The Associated Press

    H/T: National Review/Mairead McArdle

    Image: Adapted from: https://www.ice.gov/

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