Illegal immigration on the southern border was a key pillar of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and for good reason.
An influx of illegals affects American safety, jobs and even the living conditions of those liberals call “in the shadows.” Trump wants to get everyone out of the shadows too—but not by telling everyone it’s fine to break American laws.
As much as the Obama administration has tried to argue border crossings are under control, the problem has gotten worse, especially at the prospect of Obama’s term coming to a close.
And now we’re seeing rock-solid proof that there’s a major problem down south. The Star-Telegram reports:
About 150 Border Patrol agents will be deployed to South Texas from Arizona, California and elsewhere to help process a spike in immigrants who have been apprehended after illegally entering the U.S., federal officials announced Saturday.
Agents from Tucson, Arizona, and San Diego will be temporarily reassigned to the Rio Grande Valley, and agents working another portion of the Texas border will join them, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.
Since 2014, the Rio Grande Valley has led the nation as the region with the most apprehensions of immigrants entering the U.S. illegally. Asylum seekers, many of them fleeing drug-fueled violence south of the border, peaked in 2014 at 170,000, nearly triple the 63,000 who arrived the previous year. Before 2012, there were fewer than 30,000 a year.
Policies have consequences. Donald Trump’s victory in securing the White House may even force the current administration to start taking the steps they have been avoiding for all these years to enforce the laws that keep Americans safe. There’s no promise of that, though—depending on what Obama wants his ultimate legacy to be, he might do his very best to ram through his agenda in the coming months.
Hopefully he will choose the former so that history will not view him as a sore loser—even though it is guaranteed that his legacy, built on executive orders rather than consensus, will be wiped away into oblivion.