August illegal immigration apprehensions fell sharply from heir high point in May. This can be attributed to multiple factors from the scorching hot weather (though the numbers are lower than July, which was just as hot), Mexico doing its part to stop migrants before they make it to the border, and news of policies invoked by the President that will make it harder for illegal immigrants and asylum seekers to be released to the interior.
But before we whip out the champagne, let’s understand that this is a lull, not a trend. It’s a calm before the storm as numbers are certain to rise again in October, if not September. Let’s also remember there’s no need to celebrate apprehending over 64,000 illegal immigrants in a single month. This is an unacceptable number even if it is relatively low compared to previous months.
Now is the time to ramp up security at the border, work on changing the laws and rules enticing Central Americans and people from other countries, and let’s get as much wall built as possible. This may be a time when border patrol and other law enforcement officers can enjoy a brief respite from being completely overburdened, but that respite must be short. Now is the time to get to work before the next surge hits.
Immigration officials apprehended just over 64,000 migrants at the southern border in August – a dramatic drop that the Trump administration is presenting as a sign its diplomatic engagement with Mexico and other countries is having positive effects on the ground.
The 64,006 migrants apprehended or deemed inadmissible represents a 22 percent drop from July, when 82,055 were apprehended, and a 56 percent drop from the peak of the crisis in May, when more than 144,000 migrants were caught or deemed inadmissible. While the numbers typically drop in the summer, the plummet is steeper than typical seasonal declines.
For average American patriots, it’s time to double-down on spreading the news about criminal illegal immigrants, poor conditions in cities overrun by migrants, and the need for dramatically improved security at the border. We also need to highlight the reality that the vast majority of migrants are coming for economic reasons and therefore do not qualify for asylum. This is extremely important as the left likes to say these people are oppressed and need our help. Their oppression is not what asylum rules were designed to alleviate. Poverty is something that must be dealt with at home in their own countries. We have enough of a poverty problem with so many Democratic-run cities experiencing rampant homelessness.
It’s the first truly good news coming from the border in a long time, but let’s not pat ourselves on the back just yet. The fight continues and must be fought with everything we have through the 2020 election and beyond.
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