When he was a candidate, Donald Trump promised to crack down on illegal border crossings.
And, if the latest numbers are any indication, he’s coming through on that promise, big-league.
In a statement from the Department of Homeland Security released Tuesday, the DHS said its agencies were not only seeing massive increase in arrests of illegal immigrants but a reduction to record low levels of illegal border crossings.
In the year-end press release, the DHS said Immigration and Customs Enforcement “conducted 143,470 arrests and 226,119 removals” of illegal immigrants.
“Notably, from the start of the Trump Administration on January 20, 2017 through the end of the fiscal year, (Enforcement and Removal Operations) made 110,568 arrests compared to 77,806 in FY2016 — an increase of 40 percent.”
Fully 92 percent of these arrests involved “removable aliens who had a criminal conviction or a pending criminal charge, were an ICE fugitive, or were an illegal re-entrant.”
🚨DHS Releases End of Year Numbers; ICE Arrests Up 40 Percent 🚨https://t.co/rUgKyGFWEP
— FAIR (@FAIRImmigration) December 5, 2017
Meanwhile, border apprehensions are down. The number of border apprehensions are used as a measurement of how many people are trying to cross the border in the first place, which means fewer individuals were trying to enter America illegally.
“In FY17, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recorded the lowest level of illegal cross-border migration on record, as measured by apprehensions along the border and inadmissible encounters at the U.S. ports of entry,” the report announced.
However, it did note a point of concern was a “steady increase in the flow of unaccompanied children and family units from Central America, as transnational criminal organizations continue to exploit legal and policy loopholes to help illegal aliens gain entry and facilitate their release into the interior of the country.”
Nevertheless, it was a striking statistical win for the administration.
“We have clearly seen the successful results of the president’s commitment to supporting the frontline officers and agents of DHS as they enforce the law and secure our borders,” acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke said in a statement.
“We have an obligation to uphold the integrity of our immigration system, but we must do more to step up and close loopholes to protect the American worker, our economy, and our communities.”
The report stressed the need for a border wall, saying that of the “reported 310,531 apprehensions nationwide, 303,916 … were along the Southwest border, underscoring the need for a physical barrier at the border.”
All in all, however, the end-of-year enforcement numbers seemed to represent another win for the Trump administration on immigration, just days after the Supreme Court upheld the travel ban.
That’s not going to make too many Democrats happy. Given the polls, however, Americans as a whole might be a lot more pleased about the report.
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