By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(National Sentinel) The Wall: Based on the most recent figures supplied by federal immigration authorities, the numbers of migrants crossing illegally into the U.S. have returned to their pre-Trump election levels after bottoming out in 2017 during the president’s first year in office.
It seems as though the world has figured out that U.S. borders remain wide open despite President Donald J. Trump’s best efforts to close it.
As reported by The Washington Times, illegal border crossings rose dramatically in April, “continuing a surge that has entirely erased President Trump’s early gains and left officials in Washington struggling over answers.”
Some 39,000 illegal immigrants were interdicted by the Border Patrol last month according to preliminary figures. Year-over-year, that’s a staggering 233 percent increase and the largest year-over-year boost dating back to the beginning of the 2010s.
“Experts said the increase is being driven by lax U.S. policies that illegal immigrants have figured out ways to exploit, meaning that even if they’re likely to be released and have a chance to disappear into the shadows,” the Times said.
Those are dubbed “catch-and-release” policies and they continue to be in effect, which is hampering Border Patrol’s efforts to protect the U.S. Southwest border.
“The reason is obvious: If you can cross the border illegally without any consequence, why not? As long as the catch-and-release policy-program exists, large numbers of people are going to cross the border illegally,” said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.
He noted further that some three-quarters of migrants caught crossing illegally into the U.S. are eventually released into the U.S. interior.
And oh, by the way, their immigration hearing — if they even show up for it — is generally 2-3 years away.
None of this is the president’s fault. Trump has done all he can do to get the illegal immigration situation under control.
And yet, he’s been thwarted at nearly every juncture — by Republicans, by Democrats, by activists, by the courts.
He can’t get Left-wing Marxists and open-borders groups to stop assisting in the law-breaking by showing border jumpers the statutory loopholes.
He can’t get federal judges to uphold clearly written federal statutes and Justice Department rules forbidding cities and local jurisdictions from blocking federal immigration efforts, per “sanctuary” policies.
He can’t get majority Republicans in Congress to provide him with the funds to build his promised border wall (funds that he would eventually extract from Mexico via revised trade deals and other policies).
He can’t get Democrats to go along with anything he wants to do, let alone support existing immigration laws.
The thing is, Trump’s legions of supporters know he’s trying his best. They know it’s Congress and the courts and the Marxist groups who are blocking and him and undermining his enforcement efforts.
The safe money is on Trump and his continued enforcement efforts, however, because eventually — as he appoints more constitutionalists to federal court vacancies and further stacks the Supreme Court — U.S. laws will be upheld.
Democrats belong to the Criminal Party so they are a lost cause, but as for #nevertrumpers in GOP ranks, they stand a much better chance of being ousted via primary elections in the coming years if they continue to thwart the president over this all-important, culture-changing issue.
But in the meantime, Americans continue to be subjected to this humiliating invasion of our country thanks to feckless politicians, a dishonest pro-immigration lobby and judicial activists in federal courts.
Make no mistake, immigration — and more specifically illegal immigration — is the core defining issue of our time. Our union will be preserved or dissolved on this one issue, and I believe Trump is keenly aware of this.
Should he be unsuccessful in ending the invasion, the task will fall to the people, and that’s when things will really get bad.