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Trump administration ramping up crackdown on illegal immigrants, to include VISA overstays and criminals

Trump may not need to put up a border fence after all

(NationalSentinel) Immigration: President Donald J. Trump made cracking down on illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign, and by any measure, he’s keeping his word.

What’s more, his efforts to merely enforce existing immigration law are already paying off in huge dividends.

The Department of Homeland Security says illegal border crossings are already down something like 60-65 percent. And Mexican social workers who provide assistance to people looking to sneak illegally into the U.S. say their shelters today are nearly empty, where once they held hundreds a night.

As Agence France Presse noted:

Encouraged by a sharp downturn in illegal border crossers, the US administration is ramping up a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, taking aim at both Central American laborers and Indian tech workers in Silicon Valley.

Police, prosecutors and judges have been ordered to take a harder line against all illegal immigrants, detaining anyone without papers and vigorously prosecuting more of them. 

Hiring standards for immigration agents are being eased to quickly beef up their ranks, more facilities to hold detained immigrants are being built, and more judges are being added to handle cases.

And officials have been directed to round up illegal immigrants, even those in the country for decades, at places that used to be safe — courthouses, town halls, and cities offering them sanctuary.

One of Trump’s signature immigration proposals – his border wall – faces opposition from both Democrats and Republicans, the former of which have threatened to shut down the government rather than let a funding proposal for border wall construction be included in the fiscal 2018 budget up for a vote at the end of this month.

But frankly, a border fence might be moot at this point; Trump’s commitment to enforcing immigration law seems to be having the same effect: Dramatic reductions in illegal border crossings.

“For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned: This is a new era. This is the Trump era,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions told border patrol agents on Tuesday.

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