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The United States has almost three times the population of Mexico. Last year the total number of murders was just over 17,000 in the U.S., with a decrease from prior years expected in 2018.
In Mexico the murder rate reached an all-time high with over 25,000 killed in 2017. This year the Mexican murder rate is on pace to exceed last years. Since 2006, more than 200,000 people have been murdered in Mexico. The majority of those were related to drug-related violence.
Only 18 months in office, President Donald J. Trump’s administration has arguably done more to fight this violence and repair our illegal immigration problems than any previous administration. This does not mean just Mexico. It means all illegal immigration and how we work with foreign countries. In relation to his promise to “Make America Great Again,” we now have some history to determine what has been accomplished. Here are just some of the highlights:
Protecting the U.S. homeland
- Laid out new principles for reforming immigration and announced plan to end “chain migration,” which lets one legal immigrant to bring in dozens of family members.
- Made progress to build the border wall with Mexico.
- Ended the Obama-era “catch and release” of illegal immigrants.
- Boosted the arrests of illegals inside the U.S.
- Doubled the number of counties participating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement charged with deporting illegals.
- In 2017, the U.S. removed 36 percent more criminal gang members than in fiscal 2016. That has been boosted in 2018.
- Started the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.
- Ditto for other amnesty programs like Deferred Action for Parents of Americans.
- Cracking down on some 300 sanctuary cities that defy ICE but still get federal dollars.
- Added some 100 new immigration judges.
- Justice announced grants of over $100 million to fund over 1,000 new police.
- Justice worked with Central American nations to arrest and charge 4,000 MS-13 members.
- Homeland Security rounded up nearly 800 MS-13 members in 2017, an 83 percent one-year increase. This continues stronger in 2018.
- Signed three executive orders aimed at cracking down on international criminal organizations.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions created new National Public Safety Partnership, a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crimes.
Putting American First
- Opened up the North American Free Trade Agreement for talks to better the deal for the U.S.
- Worked to bring companies back to the U.S., and companies like Toyota, Mazda, Broadcom Limited, and Foxconn announced plans to open U.S. plants.
- In his first week in office, Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy that blocks some $9 billion in foreign aid being used for abortions.
- Withdrew from the U.N. Global Compact on Migration, which Trump saw as a threat to borders.
- Imposed a travel ban on nations that lack border and anti-terrorism security.
- Saw ISIS lose virtually all of its territory.
- Ordered new sanctions on the dictatorship in Venezuela.
Restoring confidence in and respect for America
- Trump won the release of Americans held abroad, often using his personal relationships with world leaders.
- Made good on a campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
- Conducted a historic 12-day trip through Asia, winning new cooperative deals. On the trip, he attended three regional summits to promote American interests.
- He traveled to the Middle East and Europe to build new relationships with leaders.
- Traveled to Poland and on to German for the G-20 meeting where he pushed again for funding of women entrepreneurs.
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