U.S. BORDERS / ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: A+
Under President Obama illegal immigration was at a record pace in his last year in office, there were nearly 2 million criminal non-citizens inside US, nearly 30% of illegal immigrant children had ties to gangs, 50% of total federal arrests were for illegal immigration-related offenses, illegal immigrant crime accounted for over 30% of murders in many states and 1.4 million illegal immigrants had stolen Social Security numbers.
In addition illegal immigrantion costs $116 billion ($135 billion total minus $18.97 billion the government collects in taxes from illegal aliens) in public funds every year. Lastly U.S. immigration officials revealed a deportation backlog of 550,000 illegal immigrants who were given temporary amnesty by former President Obama administration.
Reports also show arrests of illegal immigrants within U.S. cities increased by nearly 40% , Canada is now faced with an unprecedented influx of U.S. illegal immigrants coming from the American northern border. Forcing Canadian Prime Minister to change his stance on welcoming refugees and illegal immigrants to Canada.
Naional Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said "The significant downturn in the number of illegal border crossers between the U.S. and Mexico is nothing short of miraculous," "There's a vibe, there's an energy in the Border Patrol that's never been there before in 20 years that I've been in the patrol," Judd added
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 due to the Obama administration policies which included setting up a complaint hotline for illegal immigrants empowering them to complain about border agents. Obama policies also banned officers from wearing bulletproof vests during operations in dangerous “badlands” sections of cities for fear of offending the immigrant community. 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 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. Here are the top reasons supporting the southern border wall:
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 1 million immigrants are currently accepted ino America every year legally by following the lawful process. So why is it fair or acceptable for illegal immigrants to ignore American laws and jump the line ahead of legal immigrants?
4: Ironically under the Mexican law 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: Drug overdose deaths reached all-time high in 2015 in America. Many of those deaths caused by heroin. And 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.
7: 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 of possiblye being raped by criminal gangs and people traffickers.
8: Nearly one-quarter (23%) of all federal inmates are illegal immigrants. There will be a certain drop in this number once the wall is built.
9: Mexico will benefit. How? The wall on the American southern border will deter illegal immigrants from Latin American countries entering into Mexico on their way to the American southern border.
10: 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 the acceptable amount of illegal immigrants allowed?
14: 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.
15: Perhaps the most hypocritical fact of all is that as of 3/191/7, approximately 30 countries were refusing to accept the U.S. deportations of illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes.
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. Cities that do not abide by this new law will lose federal funding and deservedly so.
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.
6/15/17: Presiden Trump's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rescinded President Obama's DAPA policy that would have protected illegal immigrant parents. DHS Secretary John Kelly made the decision to revoke the policy because "there is no credible path forward to litigate the currently enjoined policy" due to its current entanglement in the courts.
6/16/17: President Trump will not immediately eliminate protections for the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children, according to new memorandums issued by the administration.
7/3/17: The Trump administration has begun arresting parents and others who hire smugglers to bring children into the U.S., in an effort to break up human-trafficking operations. The government says the effort aims to break up human smuggling operations, including arresting people who pay coyotes to get children across the U.S. border. ICE stated: " “The sponsors who have placed children directly into harm’s way by entrusting them to violent criminal organizations will be held accountable.”
7/27/17: ICE officials arrested 114 illegal immigrants, many with criminal records, in 11-day New York enforcement sweep.
8/5/17: The Department Of Homeland Security announced it would use its power to go around environmental and other laws to help expedite construction in the San Diego area.
8/25/17: The United States stopped issuing visas to citizens from four countries that it says aren’t accepting deported citizens. The list includes three African countries — Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone — as well as Cambodia. The U.S. has suspended visas twice before under previous administrations in efforts to push deportations forward. The Department of Homeland Security notified the Department of State that the four countries are refusing to accept or are unreasonably delaying the acceptance of nationals deemed to be in the United States illegally, a violation of section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
9/4/17: Keeping one of his many campaign promises, President Trump decided to end the controversial DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. Trump also decided to delay enforcement and give Congress 6 months to come up with an alternative plan. The program which was founded by President Obama in 2012 protected an estimated 800,000 illegal immigrants, who came to the United States as children, from deportation. DACA also provided them with work authorizations and access to Social Security and other government benefits. Here is a list of reasons why we believe President Trump made the right decision:
1: DACA is an illegal program that violates the core constitutional principles. By unilaterally issuing protections from deportation President Obama effectively rewrote immigration law. The simple fact is that only Congress can make and change laws. In fact, a year before President Obama created DACA he stated "With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed. . . . The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. . . . There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President. " But President Obama and his lawyers found a way around this constitutional barrier. DACA, they said, doesn't give permanent legal residency to illegal aliens. It merely makes them a very, very low priority for deportation. Such a low priority, in fact, that all of the estimated 800,000 illegal immigrants who signed up for the program would receive an official card instructing Immigration and Customs Enforcement not to deport them unless they committed multiple criminal offenses.
2: America is a sovereign nation has a right to decide who is allowed into the country. Illegal immigrants do not have the right or authority to dictate to America how and when they decide to illegally enter the United States.
3: DACA is the pinnacle of no rule of law. Not only does it protect illegal immigrants from deportation, it provides benefits that by law are reserved for American citizens and legal immigrants. Why bother going through the process of coming to the U.S. legally if you can acquire many of the same benefits by coming illegally? Why have a country border at all?
4: There were ten U.S. states that were ready to take legal action. The 10-state coalition gave the Trump administration until September 5 2017 to rescind DACA and not renew or issue any new DACA permits in the future — the coalition would have moved forward with its lawsuit against the program.
5: DACA hurts the low skilled American workers by providing job opportunity to 800,000 illegal immigrants instead. How is that fair to Americans who are looking for work to just survive? In the first quarter of 2017, nearly four in ten native-born 18 to 29-year olds without college degrees were either unemployed or not in the labor force.
6: President Trump was fair with his decision. He has given Congress 6 months to come up with an alternative and legal plan which is technically and legally the right way to enforce any new immigration laws. In fact President Obama's plan was both unfair (and unconstitutional) to the DACA immigrants because he allowed their future to be uncertain by clearly stating that his DACA program was "only temporary".
9/28/17: ICE arrests hundreds of immigrants in 'sanctuary cities' around the nation including California. Overall, ICE said it arrested nearly 500 people across the country over the last few days. According to ICE, "Operation Safe City" focused on cities and regions where "ICE deportation officers are denied access to jails and prisons to interview suspected immigration violators or jurisdictions where ICE detainers are not honored."
10/4/17: Trump's U.S. State Department stopped issuing certain kinds of visas to some citizens of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone because the nations are not taking back their citizens the United States wants to deport. The new policies, laid out in State Department cables are the latest example of U.S. President Donald Trump's effort to crack down on immigrants who are in the United States illegally.
10/6/17: The House Homeland Security Committee approved a border security bill that includes $10 billion for a border wall. The Border Security for America Act, proposed by committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), was passed on a party-line 18-12 vote.
10/26/17: The U.S. government announced that prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico have been completed and will be subjected to punishment to test their mettle — by workers wielding sledgehammers, torches, pickaxes and battery-operated tools.