(National Sentinel) Presidential: As the nation’s commander-in-chief, GOP nominee Donald J. Trump pledged to rebuilt the nation’s military and secure its borders by enforcing all immigration laws.
As Trump approaches his first year in office, statistics indicate that arrests of illegal aliens inside the United States have surged, while arrests at the border have fallen, leading analysts to conclude that fewer people are trying to cross into the country illegally.
According to data from the Department of Homeland Security, the Border Patrol made 310,531 arrests during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, a decline of 24 percent from 415,816 a year earlier.
Border arrests are typically used to gauge the level of illegal immigration; last year’s figures are the lowest since 1971.
Meanwhile, in the country’s interior, immigration agents carried out 143,470 arrests, an increase of 25 percent from 114,434 a year earlier, according to figures from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Shortly after taking office, Trump directed immigration authorities to prioritize apprehensions of a wider group of illegal aliens. Also, he reversed Obama-era restrictions defining which illegal aliens would be treated as enforcement priorities.
It’s not clear that Trump’s enforcement of all immigration laws has had an effect on fewer crossing attempts, but the anecdotal evidence suggests it has created a deterrent effect, as fewer people appear willing to give thousands of dollars to human smugglers, only to be caught and sent back home.
As The Daily Caller noted:
A DHS report released earlier this year also indicates the Border Patrol has become much better at interdicting illicit border crossings and deterring repeat offenders. Today, enhanced border security deters about 55 to 75 percent of would-be second-time offenders, versus 10 to 40 percent a decade or two ago.
“We have clearly seen the successful results of the president’s commitment to supporting the frontline officers and agents of (the Department of Homeland Security) as they enforce the law and secure our borders,” said DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, according to The Associated Press.
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