(NationalSentinel) Border Security:Â It appears President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to merely enforce U.S. immigration law is having its desired effect - lower numbers of illegal crossers.
In fact, theÂ Los Angeles Times reported, the number of people attempting to cross into the U.S. illegally via the Rio Grande Valley is at a 17-year low:
Across the Southwest border, the number of immigrants caught crossing illegally into the United States has dropped dramatically. Fewer than 12,200 people were apprehended in March, a 64% decrease from the same time last year, and the lowest monthly number in at least 17 years.
Here in the Rio Grande Valley, ground zero since 2014 for the flow of asylum seekers fleeing violence and persecution in Central America, the number of families and unaccompanied children caught entering the United StatesÂ has plummeted, from about 291 a day in January to just 37 a day in March.
Migration experts, Border Patrol agents and advocates offer plenty of reasons for the sharp decline in people crossing over, from President Trumpâ€™s aggressive stance on securing the border and media coverage of recent immigration raids to heightened security on Mexico’s southern border. A rise in smuggling fees could also be a factor.
Border Patrol Supervisory Agent Marlene Castro, a 20-year veteran of the agency, told the Times that she and fellow agents aren’t doing anything differently, noting that President Donald J. Trump’s executive orders regarding immigration are only meant to enforce existing laws.
â€œAre you going to risk a 1,000-mile journey and pay $8,000 to be smuggled if youâ€™re not sure youâ€™ll get to stay?â€ Castro said, offering a reason she thinks fewer asylum seekers are crossing over. â€œI wouldnâ€™t.â€
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly testified to a Senate committee that the decline in immigrants caught crossing the border is â€œno accident,â€ acknowledging the â€œsupport of our leadership in the White House.â€ The White House, in turn, issued a statement, saying â€œthe presidentâ€™s commitment to securing our border and supporting law enforcement is already showing results.â€
â€œThereâ€™s a perception that itâ€™s going to be very difficult for immigrants to cross into the U.S. and stay in the U.S.,â€ addedÂ Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, an associate professor of public affairs and security studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. â€œIt makes them think twice because the commitment is too big.â€
It’s amazing what a little commitment to actually enforcing immigration law can do for a nation’s security.