President Donald Trump’s administration is achieving quick results with illegal immigration. Texas Governor Greg Abbott expects to do the same.
During President Obama’s last full month in office, 43,251 people were apprehended attempting to enter the United States illegally on the Mexican border. That December, over 16,000 family members were among those caught. By April 2017, the total figure was down to 11,129, with 1,119 being family members and just 998 children. According to Homeland Security Tuesday, this is the lowest number of immigrant children in years. So far apprehensions by Border Patrol agents are 70 percent less than 2016.
Overall, 11,129 people were apprehended trying to sneak across the U.S.-Mexico border in April, down from 12,196 people in March and a significant drop from 43,251 people in December, before President Trump took office.
In a first ever event on an Internet live stream, Gov. Abbott has signed a Legislature approved sanctuary city ban into law to be effective Sept. 1.
“Texans expect us to keep them safe, and that is exactly what we are going to do by me signing this law,” Abbott said just before becoming the first Texas governor to sign a bill live on the Internet Sunday night.
Records of the Department of Homeland Security, the Government Accountability Office, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Border, the Center of Immigration Studies, and the Maritime Security Subcommittee show:
- In 2015, the border agents apprehended more than 331,000 illegal immigrants and made over 14,000 seizures of drugs.
- The CBP can see about 56 percent of the United States-Mexico border activity in real-time, but over 1000 miles of the border has no barrier.
- In 2015, 124 illegal aliens previously apprehended but released by the Obama administration had been charged with at least 138 murders AFTER their discharge in the past five years.
- During the last months of the Obama administration the number of illegal immigrants trying to cross the border each month was in the 25,000-30,000 range.
Subcommittee Chairman Martha McSally said the Obama lead actions to protect the border was just “activity masquerading as effectiveness.”
Border States have been struggling. Texas Governor Greg Abbott blamed “the neglect shown by the federal government” on the escalating tide of “criminal enterprises,” including human trafficking, drug smuggling, violent gang activity and other problems in the United States. Abbott noted that Texas resources are substantially strained from the federal government blunders and policies the state must deal with, including health, education and welfare costs.
He is dedicated to enforcing our border laws, ending sanctuary cities, and stemming the tide of lawlessness associated with illegal immigration.
A statement regarding law enforcement and immigration from the White House states:
The Trump Administration is committed to reducing violent crime. In 2015, homicides increased by 17% in America’s fifty largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation’s capital, killings rose by 50 percent over the past four years. There were thousands of shootings in Chicago last year alone.
Our country needs more law enforcement, more community engagement, and more effective policing.
Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter. Our job is to make life more comfortable for parents who want their kids to be able to walk the streets safely. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus. Or the young child walking home from school.
Supporting law enforcement means supporting our citizens’ ability to protect themselves. We will uphold Americans’ Second Amendment rights at every level of our judicial system.
President Trump is committed to building a border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities. He is dedicated to enforcing our border laws, ending sanctuary cities, and stemming the tide of lawlessness associated with illegal immigration.
Supporting law enforcement also means deporting illegal aliens with violent criminal records who have remained within our borders.
It is the first duty of government to keep the innocent safe, and President Donald Trump will fight for the safety of every American, and especially those Americans who have not known safe neighborhoods for a very long time.