Trump Score Card
U.S. BORDERS / ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: A+
In 2016 under President Obama's last year in office illegal immigration was at a record pace, according to the US Border Patrol. In addition there were nearly 2 million criminal non-citizens inside US.
Under President Trump's first two months in office illegal immigration from Mexico declined by 40% from January 2017 to February 2017 and illegal immigration arrests at US-Mexico border plummet to lowest monthly figure in more than 17 years. In addition more Mexican nationals attempted to enter Canada in the first 67 days of 2017 than in any of the three previous years, according to a report published Friday evening.
1/25/17: Within weeks of his Presidency, Donald Trump had already lifted the morale of the US Border Control which was at an all time low under the previous Obama administration. The low morale was partly due to the Obama administration setting up a complaint hotline for illegal immigrants empowering them to complain about border agents. On the other hand President Trump called on the Department of Homeland Security to "create an office to serve American victims" of crimes committed by illegal immigrants. The office is called Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE).
1/25/17: President Trump keeps his word on arguably his biggest campaign mantra. He signed an executive order to begin building the Mexico border wall ‘within months’ and reiterated that Mexico WILL pay for it. How will Mexico most likely pay for the wall? With a few adjustments in America's trade deals with Mexico the current $60 billion debt owed to Mexico can be decreased which in turn can be allocated to pay for the wall. Why do we give the President an A+ grade for this? Here are the top reasons:
1: Every country has a right to defend itself as a sovereign nation. That goes for America too which welcomes immigrants with open arms as long as they come legally.
2: America already has nearly 700 Miles of existing fencing. Much of it built during Barack Obama's presidency, as part of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was signed by George W. Bush. And it works. There was a sharp decline in illegal immigration in areas where the fencing was put up.
3: About 500,000 immigrants come to America every year legally by following the lawful process. So why is it fair or acceptable for illegal immigrants to jump the line ahead of legal immigrants and ignore American laws?
4: Ironically under the Mexican law, (where a vast majority of illegal immigrants are coming from) illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. The wall is the answer to America's lack of enforcing it's immigration laws as strongly as Mexico does.
5: There are many countries that have a border wall, including Mexico's southern border wall. Including Paris who recently started building a wall around Eiffel Tower. So why shouldn't America have a wall?
6: Half (50%) of total arrests made by the federal government in fiscal 2014 – the most recent year for which statistics are available – were for illegal immigration-related offenses
7: Drug overdose deaths reached all-time high in 2015 in America. Many of those deaths caused by heroin. In fact most of the illicit drugs come into the United States across the vast 2,000-mile land border between the US and Mexico, called the Southwestern border or SWB. Having a wall would certainly at the very least slow the flow of drugs coming across the southern border.
8: As Trump pointed out (although not explaining it correctly) in his Presidency announcement speech, a staggering 80% of Central American girls and women crossing Mexico en route to the United States are raped along the way, according to directors of migrant shelters interviewed by Fusion. Having a wall will deter many of these women from taking that dangerous trek saving them from being raped by criminal gangs and people traffickers.
9: Illegal immigrants crime accounts for over 30% of murders in many states in America. In fact hundreds of illegal immigrants convicted and not deported committed more crimes, even murder. There will be a certain drop in these crime statistics once the wall is built.
10: Mexico will benefit. How? The wall on the American southern border will deter illegal immigrants from Latin American countries to entering into Mexico on their way to the American southern border.
11: Supporters of illegal immigration argue that most come to America (although illegally) searching for a better life. This may be true. And if so the question then is.... how many illegal immigrants should America let in? Well, nearly 1/2 of the world's population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. Obviously America (population of about 320 million) logistically and economically, could not support such a drastic increase in population. So how many is enough? Where would the line be drawn. And if a line is drawn, who's to say that line was the just the right amount of illegal immigrant allowed?
14: Illegal immigration enables human smuggling. Deterring the flow of illegal immigrants will significantly decrease this dangerous and deadly practice.
15: Illegal immigration hurts the job market by allowing millions of low skilled workers to take American jobs. The influx of a large number of immigrants who compete for work will no doubt drive down the pay for competing workers. It’s Economics 101: an increase of supply (labor) drives down the price (wages). Stopping the flow of illegal immigration will force the job market to pay higher wages to American workers.
16: Perhaps the most hypocritical fact of all is that as of 3/191/7, approximately 30 countries were refusing to accept the deportations of illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes in the U.S.
1/25/17: President Trump signed an executive order ending the "Catch and Release" program. Catch and release is the unofficial name for a protocol historically followed by immigration enforcement agencies in the United States (specifically, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection) where people caught for being in unlawful immigration status are released while they wait for a hearing with an immigration judge. To the shock of almost no-one, a majority of the illegal immigrants released never show up for hearing and disappear into the American communities. America has laws on the books for a reason, to protect the American people. Knowingly releasing undocumented, unvetted, illegal immigrants into American communities without any repercussions is a recipe for disaster. Any cities that do not abide by this new law will lose federal funding.
1/25/17: President Trump signed an executive order enhancing public safety in the interior of the United States. This order seeks to identify criminal illegal aliens, triple the amount of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and empower them to enforce federal immigration laws. It will also create victims advocacy office for Americans who loved ones had been victimized by people who should have never been here in the first place. We can all agree that most of the illegal immigrants entering into America are decent people (although they are knowingly breaking US law) just looking for a better life. However illegal immigration brings a host of problems to the American homeland, including crime, taking jobs from Americans, stress on the education system and more. America has many problems of its own without importing the many problems that come with illegal immigration. Coming to America legally should be the only way that should be acceptable.
3/17/17: The U.S. Justice Department is developing plans to temporarily reassign immigration judges from around the country to 12 cities to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes.
4/13/17: The cartel member suspected of shooting and killing Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010 with a gun supplied by the U.S. government was finally arrested in Mexico. The agent's death exposed the Obama adminsitration's failed Operation Fast and Furious scandal, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) operation in which the federal government allowed criminals to buy guns in Phoenix-area shops with the intention of tracking them once they made their way into Mexico. This was a big victory for the Trump administration who has steadily claimed he would secure the Mexico-US Southern border.
4/13/17: President Trump keeping true to his word, has ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to return 4,000 Somali illegal immigrants back to their homeland.