According to law enforcement at the Texas border, there has been a noticeable drop in the number of border crossings since late January, signaling recognition that newly inaugurated President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration had already begun.
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.”
And it appears to be working.
Deputies noticed the decrease in border crossings along the Rio Grande in locations that are considered illegal immigration “hot spots.”
Local law enforcement said the number of people crossing the border illegally is on the decline.
We met with Hidalgo County Precinct 3 deputy constable Joel Contreras for a ride along in Anzalduas Park on Tuesday. They patrol the area on their overtime shifts.
Contreras said the area is commonly used for human trafficking. He said it’s been years since the last time drugs were found on the trek of land.
He added the area is not what it used to be. Deputies noticed a decrease in people crossing towards the end of January. He said the drop in numbers won’t take their boots off the ground.
President Trump’s executive orders, designed to “protect the American people” as “the highest priority of our government and this Department,” have been effective already, according to these reports.
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