(National Sentinel)Â Border security: The head of the U.S. Border Patrol union says immigration enforcement policies adopted by President Donald J. Trump and his administration have led to a “miraculous” drop in the number of people seeking to enter the United States illegally.
“As far as the Trump administration’s efforts on immigration, this is something they campaigned heavily on,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said on C-SPAN Monday, as reported by the Washington Examiner. “At six months, where we are on meeting those promises, we are seeing nothing short of miraculous. If you look at the rhetoric that President Trump has given, it has caused a number of illegal border crossings to go down. We have never seen such a drop that we currently have.”
“There’s a vibe, there’s an energy in the Border Patrol that’s never been there before in 20 years that I’ve been in the patrol,” Judd added in a separate Fox News interview.
Added theÂ Washington Examiner:
This month, Customs and Border Protection reported a 53 percent decrease in the number of apprehensions at the southwest border since last year. The number also includes those deemed inadmissible. CBP sees apprehensions as a proxy for how many people are trying to cross the border, and says the drop in apprehensions indicates a drop in attempted illegal crossings.
Judd said the Trump administration commanded in two executive orders for border agents to fully carry out related laws, while the Obama administration kept agents from doing their jobs as was intended.
Last year the non-partisan union broke its tradition and actually came out in support of a presidential candidate — Trump — a decision Judd said was madeÂ “strictly based upon border security.”
In his budget, Trump included $1.6 billion for initial construction of his promised border wall, but even if it never gets build (and itÂ should be built), just pledging to enforce immigration and border security laws is having the same desired effect.