(NationalSentinel) Illegal Immigration:Â The Trump administration’s push to enforce immigration laws across the board is having an additional effect:Â Fewer people are attempting to illegally sneak into the United States.
The number of migrants illegally coming across the U.S. southern border in March dropped to the lowest level in 17 years, says a leaked agency statement given to the Associated Press.
The statement is included in testimony slated for delivery on Wednesday, April 5, by Gen. John Kelly, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Typically, routine testimonyÂ is provided early to the legislators so they can prepare questions for the witness, but it is rarely leaked.
Kelly was clear in crediting the Trump administration’s enforcement ofÂ all immigration laws as a major contributing factor to the decline.
The AP noted further:
Secretary John Kelly said the steep decline in arrests is â€œno accidentâ€ and credited President Donald Trumpâ€™s approach to illegal immigrationâ€¦
In his testimony for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Kelly said fewer than 12,500 people were caught crossing the border illegally last [in March]. That compares with more than 43,000 in December.
Kelly told lawmakers that the number of [Central American] families and children traveling alone â€” groups that accounted for hundreds of thousands of illegal border crossers in recent years â€” also declined steeply. Last month fewer than 1,000 children were caught at the border and fewer than 1,100 people traveling as families were found. In recent years most of the families and children traveling alone have been from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
A separate report noted that there has been a 67 percent decrease in attempted border crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to available data:
Testifying to the committee in a first hearing Tuesday, former Border Patrol ChiefÂ David V. AguilarÂ said the percentage may be even higher thanÂ Mr. TrumpÂ teases. Compared with 2016, he said, apprehensions on the southwest border were down 67 percent through March.
Mr. AguilarÂ creditsÂ Mr. Trump, who has freed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to pursue illegal immigrants in the interior of the U.S. and vowed to tighten border controls.
This was perhaps predictable to many. Once word gets out that the new U.S. president is serious about enforcing immigration law and shoring up border security, it only makes sense that fewer people would want to riskÂ handing over thousands of dollars to a human smuggler, only to see it wasted being apprehended by U.S. border authorities.