“About 1,574 – that’s how many illegal aliens were apprehended at the U.S. Mexico border per day during the month of November.”
Is it just a coincidence that the number of illegal immigrants successfully getting across the border has been rising for the past five months, during which Donald Trump rose to popularity by focusing on that very issue?
As Trump prepares to enter the White House and undertake his pledge to build a wall to keep out illegals, it appears that many of them are hurrying to get across the border while they can:
Already, the first two months of FY2017 have seen higher per-month apprehension rates than any month in FY2016, indicating a new wave of illegal immigration that rivals the surge seen during the summer of 2014.
Border patrol added that on top of the tens of thousands of illegal aliens apprehended crossing the border illegally in November, another 15,551 were stopped at U.S. ports of entry along the U.S. Mexico border. Officials note that those who attempt to cross through the ports without proper legal status including “increasing numbers of inadmissible Cubans, Haitians, and, most recently, family units primarily from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador at land ports of entry.”
Donald Trump will have his work cut out for him in stemming this tide.
However, a Republican majority in Congress will help him pass long overdue legislation.
As a candidate, Trump also famously received a rare endorsement from the border guards’ union itself, which indicates how willing these front line officers will be to carry out new more stringent policies once they are signed into law.