Law & Order At The Border

- April 21, 2017

President Trump Is Fulfilling His Promise To Strictly Enforce Current Immigration Law


  • Since President Trump has taken office, the number of people attempting to illegally enter the United States via the southern border has decreased considerably.
  • The number of apprehensions and detainments at the border have hit all-time lows, most significantly, the amount of parents and children apprehended at the border fell 93% in March.
  • President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly are enforcing existing legal framework, and restoring the "rule of law."


By Taking Decisive Action To Enforce Current Immigration Law, POTUS Making Great Progress To Secure Our Southern Border

Border Apprehensions Hit A 17-Year Low In March 2017. "Customs and Border Protection agents apprehended fewer than 12,500 people who illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico in March, making it the lowest monthly number in 17 years, according to written testimony from Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly." (Anna Giaritelli, "Border Apprehensions Hit 17-Year Low In March," The Washington Examiner , 4/4/17)

According To The U.S. Customs And Border Patrol, 61% Decrease In Southern Border Apprehensions Took Place Between January And March 2017, Compared To Same Time Period In 2016. "March 2017 total apprehensions were, indeed, very low. It's the lowest monthly number CBP has reported since at least 2000. The 64 percent figure he uses is the total number of people apprehended or 'deemed inadmissible' at the southwest border in March 2017 (16,600), compared to the total number in March 2016 (46,150). The 61 percent figure Trump is referring to is the drop in just the Southwest border apprehensions from January 2017 (31,577) to March 2017 (12,193). A 61 percent drop over three months is dramatic, as Trump indicates." (Michelle Ye Hee Lee, "President Trump's Claim That Illegal Immigration Is Down 64 Percent Because Of His Administration," The Washington Post , 4/11/17)

The Number Of Parents And Children Apprehended At The Border Fell 93% In March. "The victory was announced last week by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which released figures showing a 93 percent drop since December of parents and children caught trying to cross the Mexico border illegally. In December, 16,000 parents and children were apprehended; in March, a month in which immigration typically increases because of temperate weather, the number was just over 1,100." (Julia Edwards Ainsley and Kristina Cooke, "Separate Mothers And Children: How A Trump Threat Deterred Illegal Immigrants," Reuters , 4/13/17)

  • Populations Of Two Texas Migrant Detention Facilities Have "Declined Drastically." "Populations at the two centers have declined drastically since Trump took office Jan. 20. Dilley, which held 1,499 women and children on Jan. 14, held only 259 on March 30. Karnes held 546 women and children on Jan. 14, but only 87 on March 30, according to a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The judges deployed to the border left behind scheduled hearings in their home courts. As of early March, immigration courts were weighed down by a record backlog of more than 542,000 cases." (Julia Edwards Ainsley and Kristina Cooke, "U.S. Judges Pulled From Mexico Border As Crossings By Women, Children Fall," Reuters , 4/11/17)


Federal Law Enforcement Is Taking Strong Action To Target And Prosecute Illegal Immigrants With A Criminal Background

"Nearly Three-Quarters Of The Immigrants Arrested From Jan. 20 To March 13 Had Criminal Convictions, An Increase Of 15% Over The Same Period Last Year." (Maria Sacchetti, "ICE Immigration Arrests Of Noncriminals Double Under Trump," The Washington Post , 4/16/17)


President Trump Directs His Justice And Homeland Security Departments To Enforce The Existing Immigration Laws

Upon Taking Office, President Donald Trump Immediately Announced His Intention To Work Within The Existing Legal Framework, And Restore The "Rule Of Law." PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: "People are surprised to hear: We do not need new laws. We will work within the existing system and framework. We are going to restore the rule of law in the United States. Before we go any further, I want to recognize the ICE and border control officers in this room today." (Tim Hains, "Trump: 'We Do Not Need New Laws,' I Will Enforce Immigration Laws We Already Have," RealClear Politics , 1/25/17)

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Is Directing Stricter Enforcement Of Nation's Immigration Laws. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions is warning unauthorized immigrants in the United States of a new 'Trump era' of stricter enforcement of the nation's immigration laws, unveiling harsher punishments for those living in the country illegally. 'For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned. This is a new era. This is the Trump era' Sessions said today in remarks to immigration officials in Arizona." (Ryan Struyk, "Sessions Makes Clear: It's 'Trump Era' Of Immigration Enforcement," ABC News , 4/11/17)

President Trump And Attorney General Sessions Announced They Will End The Obama-Era Policy Of "Catch And Release." "Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared 'a new era' in immigration enforcement on Tuesday, saying his prosecutors will try to bring stiffer criminal charges against repeat illegal immigrants and smugglers as part of President Trump's crackdown. Mr. Sessions said his enforcement priorities will end the 'catch and release' practices of the Obama administration and give the Justice Department a more active role in stemming illegal immigration." (Andrea Noble, Trump's Justice Department To End 'Catch And Release' Immigration Policy," The Washington Times , 4/11/17)

Attorney General Sessions Issued Guidance To Prosecutors To Prioritize Cases Against Smugglers, Previously Convicted Criminals, And Repeat Offenders. "Prosecutors should prioritize cases against smugglers and should bring felony charges against illegal immigrants who have been removed before and have sneaked back into the U.S. or have other criminal convictions on their records, according to the guidance issued by the attorney general." (Andrea Noble, Trump's Justice Department To End 'Catch And Release' Immigration Policy," The Washington Times , 4/11/17)

  • Historically, The Vast Supply Of Heroin In The United States Originated In South America Or Mexico, And Smuggled In Via The Southern Border. (Linda Qiu, "Trump Is Right: Heroin Is Coming In Through Southern Border," Politifact , 9/13/16)

Because Of A Backlog Of Nearly 600,000 Immigration Cases, Attorney General Sessions Announced The DOJ Will Seek To Add 75 Immigrations Judges, Drawing Support From Immigrant-Rights Advocacy Groups. "For all their opposition to the Trump administration's immigration agenda, though, advocates actually back one of the new policies: the increased support for the immigration courts. Sessions announced that DOJ will seek to add 75 immigration judges to the courts over the next year and will implement reforms to speed up the hiring process. These changes address a real problem with the immigration system-a nearly 600,000-case backlog at the immigration courts-and the move was a rare occasion in which advocates applauded the administration." (Danny Vinik, "The One Area Jeff Sessions And Immigration Advocates Agree," Politico , 4/11/17)


After Campaigning To Put An End To The Unlawfulness Of Sanctuary Cities, President Trump Is Taking Action To Fulfill This Promise

While Running For President, Candidate Donald Trump Promised To End Sanctuary Cities And Deny Them Access To Tax Payer Dollars. "We will end the sanctuary cities, that have resulted in so many needless deaths, cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive tax payer dollars." (Donald J. Trump, Remarks At Campaign Rally , 8/31/16)

President Trump Signed An Executive Order Prohibiting Sanctuary Jurisdictions From Receiving Federal Grant Funding. "According to the executive order, dubbed 'Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,' cities that do not comply with federal immigration enforcement agents 'are not eligible to receive Federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the Secretary.' It also notes that the director of the Office of Management and Budget will be responsible for obtaining and providing 'relevant and responsive information on all Federal grant money that currently is received by any sanctuary jurisdiction.'" (Priscilla Alvarez, "Trump Cracks Down On Sanctuary Cities," The Atlantic , 1/25/17)

President Trump Has Taken Action To Empower Local Police To Enforce Immigration Law. "President Trump on Wednesday directed his homeland security secretary to deputize local law enforcement officials to enforce immigration laws." (Matt Zapotosky, "Trump Wants To Empower Local Police To Enforce Immigration Law, Raising Fears Of Racial Profiling," The Washington Post , 1/26/17)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Sanctuary Cities "Dangerously Undermine" Gang Enforcement Efforts. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions took fresh aim at sanctuary cities Tuesday, asserting that their failure to cooperate with federal immigration authorities 'dangerously undermines' gang enforcement efforts. Sessions specifically cited a resurgence of the violent criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha, known as MS-13. He contended that the so-called sanctuary communities are allowing the criminal group, which draws members from Central American immigrant groups, to flourish." (Kevin Johnson, "Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Sanctuary Cities 'Undermine' Gang Fight," USA Today , 4/18/17)

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