Illegal immigration into America from its southern border will be at a 45 year low when the final numbers are tallied and the border chief says it’s thanks to Trump’s tough stance on enforcing immigration laws.
Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection told the Senate Finance Committee: “We are fully tallying our 2017 results but in all likelihood, it’s going to be the lowest level of illegal crossings between ports of entry in over 45 years.”
McAleenan claims that despite a huge surge at the beginning of the year as a large number of illegal immigrants tried to sneak into the country during the final weeks of the Obama administration, the numbers dropped dramatically once Trump took office.
The commissioner attributes the drop “to very clear messaging” from the Donald that he would vigorously enforce immigration law.
“The clear intent to enforce immigration law has resulted in a significant reduction of crossings, but there are still some fundamental aspects of the system that need to be addressed,” he told the committee.
Earlier this month, President Trump unveiled a 70-point immigration plan, which included plans for a border wall, a crackdown on sanctuary cities and a huge overhaul of migration legislation.
Mr. McAleenan says that while the 2017 numbers look good, he is still keen on seeing parts of the new plan enforced to make even more progress on cutting illegal immigration.
Policing the border and having strong policies works – who’d have thought?