New numbers being released show that illegal immigration dropped sharply in January, the first month President Trump took office.
The flow of illegals crossing the southern border dropped 27% from December to January, according to the Customs and Border Protection agency.
The drop seems to signify the Trump Effect: the realization that immigration laws would be enforced as Trump took office.
Still, there’s a ways to go, as the January numbers remain historically high.
Via the Washington Times:
Illegal immigration across the southwest border plummeted in January, compared to December, as the flow of both illegal immigrant families and children traveling alone dried up, according to numbers released by Customs and Border Protection on Monday.
The numbers are still high compared to past years — indeed, it’s the worst January in records dating back to 2012.
But total apprehensions of migrants trying to sneak across the border fell 27 percent on a month-to-month basis, to 31,575. And the number of inadmissible migrants who showed up at the southwest’s ports of entry fell 28 percent, to 10,899.
Apprehensions are deemed an indicator of the overall flow: The more people caught, the more are believed to be getting through.
Another word of caution here – illegal immigration tends to be low during the winter months and picks up in the spring.
Still, law enforcement at the Texas border have already claimed there has been a noticeable drop in the number of border crossings since late January, signaling recognition that newly inaugurated President Trump’s positiion on illegal immigration is already having an effect.
In January, the President announced a series of executive orders providing the Department of Homeland Security “with additional resources, tools and personnel to carry out the critical work of securing our borders, enforcing our immigration laws, and ensuring that individuals who pose a threat to national security or public safety cannot enter or remain in our country.”
It appears to be working already!
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