(National Sentinel) Immigration: President Donald J. Trump campaigned heavily on the issue of immigration, opening his campaign with a promise to “build a wall” along the U.S. Southwest border and begin actually enforcing immigration laws already on the books.

The president’s two-pronged approach — talking tough on immigration enforcement and actual enforcement — is working: Fewer people are even taking the risk of breaking into the country out of fear they’ll pay lots of money to a smuggler to get here, only to be caught and sent packing.

As The New York Times reported:

While some of Mr. Trump’s most ambitious plans to tighten the border are still a long way off, particularly his campaign pledge to build a massive wall, his hard-line approach to immigration already seems to have led to sharp declines in the flow of migrants from Central America bound for the United States.

From February through May, the number of undocumented immigrants stopped or caught along the southwest border of the United States fell 60 percent from the same period last year, according to United States Customs and Border Protection — evidence that far fewer migrants are heading north, officials on both sides of the border say.

Inside the United States, the Trump administration has cast a broader enforcement net, including reversing Obama-era rules that put a priority on arresting serious criminals and mostly left other undocumented immigrants alone. Arrests of immigrants living illegally in the United States have soared, with the biggest increase coming among those migrants with no criminal records.

The shift has sown a new sense of fear among undocumented immigrants in the United States. In turn, they have sent a warning back to relatives and friends in their homelands: Don’t come.

Much of the rest of the Times piece was predictably sympathetic to the ‘poor, downtrodden and noble’ people who want to break U.S. laws to come into our country, often referring to “Trump’s immigration policies” as though he is doing something evil and nefarious.

He’s not. His “policies” amount to by-the-book enforcement of existing immigration laws. If the bleeding hearts at the Times are angry at anyone, let them be ticked off that former President Obama and his two-year Democratic majority in Congress between 2008-2010 was spent punishing banks with onerous new regulations and American citizens with the worst healthcare law in history — instead of rewriting immigration laws.

But Obama and Democrats didn’t do that because they knew then what Trump knew now: The vast majority of Americans were sick and tired of the immigration floodgate being wide open during the eight years of Obama. They want that gate shut; they want a pause in immigration so that those here now can assimilate. And, of course, they’re rightly fearful that mass immigration/refugee resettlement from certain parts of the world will subject the U.S. to perpetual terrorist attacks, like those in Europe.

The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly studying new designs for Trump’s promised border wall, which he may never get if a timid GOP Congress fails to provide funds for it. But he may not need to build it, either, at least not as quickly as he had planned. Just enforcing existing immigration law appears to be enough, at least for the time being.

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