When the mainstream media attacked President Trump over his desire for a “big, beautiful wall” on the southern border, they did so under the guise that this was some sort of exclusionary and possibly racist maneuver. They were blinded by their own “resistance”, and unable to see the bigger picture.
A wall on the border was not meant to keep would-be Americans from entering the country, it was meant to keep those who wished to abuse our lax immigration laws from taking advantage of the United States.
Furthermore, and possibly more importantly, a wall on the southern border would reroute migrants into the safety of the legal naturalization process where they would be unhindered by the drug smugglers, human traffickers, and other criminals who frequently criss-crossed these dangerous and clandestine routes.
Now, after months of being chastised in the mainstream media over his policies, Trump and his administration are taking a bit of a victory lap, thankful for the recent reduction in the severity of the humanitarian crisis at the border.
Amid a series of sweeping actions from the Trump administration — including the expansion of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) that return migrants to Mexico to await their immigration hearings, increased cooperation with countries south of the border like Guatemala, and new border wall — apprehensions have declined dramatically by more than 70 percent since May.
It means that a number of the soft-sided facilities here in Texas, which were packed during the summer, are now sparsely populated by comparison.
Migrants mill around in holding areas, watching movies on big-screen TVs and playing soccer in the vast empty spaces. At a facility in Donna, Texas, which new Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf toured last week, accompanied by Fox News, there were storage units with piles of clothes, food, drinks and snacks piled high for migrants brought to the center.
The numbers were equally dramatic.
Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Rodolfo Karisch told Fox News at the facility that the difference from the summer is dramatic. While agents had been apprehending 12,000 migrants per week in the sector at one point, now that rate is about 2,000 per week.
“The number of people we were holding here in the summer was 9,000, and if you look through the entire sector now we only have 1,000 people in custody, so it shows how numbers have steadily declined, primarily because of the assistance we’ve received from Mexico, but also initiatives like MPP … that have reduced the flow,” he said. In Donna, Karisch said roughly 400 people in custody are spread across three facilities.
This is all without the aforementioned wall, of course, which has been stymied from the very start by a “resistance”-minded democratic base.
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