Trump’s strong stance on illegal immigration was one of the main reasons he claimed the highest office in the land.
Despite overreach from federal judges blocking constitutional immigration measures, Trump has had success in curtailing the flow of illegal aliens into the country.
He’s done this with an incredibly simple strategy.
Trump is following through with what he campaigned on and permitting law enforcement agents to do their jobs.
From The Washington Post:
“…but one strategy that seems to be working well is fear. The number of migrants, legal and illegal, crossing into the United States has dropped markedly since Trump took office, while recent declines in the number of deportations have been reversed.
Many experts on both sides of the immigration debate attribute at least part of this shift to the use of sharp, unwelcoming rhetoric by Trump and his aides, as well as the administration’s showy use of enforcement raids and public spotlighting of crimes committed by immigrants. The tactics were aimed at sending a political message to those in the country illegally or those thinking about trying to come.
“The world is getting the message,” Trump said last week during a speech at the National Rifle Association leadership forum in Atlanta. “They know our border is no longer open to illegal immigration, and if they try to break in you’ll be caught and you’ll be returned to your home. You’re not staying any longer. If you keep coming back illegally after deportation, you’ll be arrested and prosecuted and put behind bars. Otherwise it will never end.”
The most vivid evidence that Trump’s tactics have had an effect has come at the southern border with Mexico, where the number of apprehensions made by Customs and Border Patrol agents plummeted from more than 40,000 per month at the end of 2016 to just 12,193 in March, according to federal data.
This puts Democrats in a tough spot because there are no semi-credible grounds on which to oppose Trump on the issue, and their constituents are tepid at best on the increased flow of illegals.
However, that won’t stop radical leftists from falling back on old tactics.
From a Reuters report:
A May Day gathering grew unruly in Portland, Oregon, where a group of black-clad protesters roamed downtown streets in the late afternoon, setting fires, breaking storefront windows, throwing projectiles and vandalizing a police cruiser.
Police, referring to the perpetrators as “anarchists,” said they made more than two dozen arrests.
Nine people were also arrested in Olympia, the state capital in Washington, where protesters threw rocks, bottles and pepper-spray at police officers and broke the windows of downtown businesses…
Trump will continue to fight for a border wall, but tough rhetoric that’s actually enforced is the crucial first step.