In another win for the Trump administration, border crossings fell by nearly half in August, and have fallen 60% since May. According to Politico, this is due to President Trump’s plan to force Mexico to stem the flow migrants across the border. Politico writes:
“President Donald Trump’s plan to force Mexico to stem the flow of migrants across the southwest border of the U.S. appears to be working.
Border arrests, a metric for illegal crossings, plummeted to 51,000 in August, according to preliminary government figures obtained by POLITICO Wednesday, down more than 60 percent since a peak in May. And border watchers say it’s largely because of an agreement Trump struck with Mexico in June. Mexican authorities, backed by the newly formed National Guard, are now cracking down on migrants traversing Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, monitoring river crossings and stopping buses carrying migrants from Central America through Mexico. At the same time, the U.S. is making tens of thousands of asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their applications are considered.”
While this drop in illegal border-crossings is a great achievement, 51,000 migrants illegally crossing the border is still 51,000 too many, that is about 1,650 per day. This policy relies on Mexico to enforce their laws, meaning it the sustainability of this success is unknown. The wall is still needed, but still this success in immigration policy for the Trump administration shows that Trump’s policies are working well.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has barred some Democratic staffers from the House Oversight Committee from visiting the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities at the southern border after the staff allegedly were “rude” and “disruptive,” Fox News reported.
According to Fox News, “Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., had sent his staff to visit border facilities for ‘oversight inspections’ last week,” but the DHS “revoked access to CBP facilities for the upcoming visit, citing staff behavior that “interfered” with law enforcement operations — including refusing to leave one site after their scheduled window, skipping some tours and being “rude” to officers. A DHS official said that ICE visits will still be allowed this week, but with a two-hour time limit.”
Unsurprisingly, A Democratic source reportedly suggested the visit is being prevented due to concerns about what the staff were learning from detainees about conditions in the facilities. I couldn’t think of a better example of the disgusting arrogance typically displayed by DC leftist and their staffers than this. Most importantly, this goes to show that DC politicians do not own everyone in the country who will submit to their disgusting displays of narcissism.
Arrests of non-citizens has more than tripled in the U.S. over the past decade and now account for 64 percent of all federal arrests, the Justice Department revealed in a report on Thursday.
“Non-U.S. citizens, who make up 7% of the U.S. population (per the U.S. Census Bureau for 2017), accounted for 15% of all federal arrests and 15% of prosecutions in U.S. district court for non-immigration crimes in 2018,” the report added.
As NBC News notes, “The shift in the pattern of immigration at the southern border was reflected in the arrest figures. Central Americans accounted for less than four percent of all immigration arrests in 1998, and by 2018 that figure rose to 34 percent. Most of those arrested in the federal system for immigration violations during the 10-year period were from Mexico — 83 percent in 1998 and 60 percent in 2018.”
The statistical findings in this report came from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Federal Justice Statistics Program (FJSP). The FJSP received its data from: the U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, U.S. Sentencing Commission, and Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Today President Trump said he is “seriously” considering issuing an executive order to end birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants when speaking to reporters outside the White House.
Trump said it is “frankly ridiculous” that the United States affords citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants. “We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border, have a baby – congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen” Trump exclaimed.
Last year Trump told Axios “we’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States…with all of those benefits…it’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”
The issue of birthright citizenship has been a controversial issue for decades. Hundreds of thousands of women, particularly from countries in the Middle East and Mexico, take advantage of the birthright citizenship policy. These women come into the United States and obtain the minimal amount of legally required care under United States doctors so their children can be born here and have dual citizenship. In most cases, the families return to their country of origin immediately following birth.
Many investigations have been done showing women living in Mexico are receiving welfare checks from the United States because they had their “anchor babies” across the border and use a fake address in the U.S. to have their checks sent to. Friends or family members then get the money back to the single mothers who have returned to Mexico. Forbes released an article in 2016 citing the horrendous cost the policy has on our citizens.
Fox News has exclusively obtained a letter to President Trump from a top official inside the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) today containing incredibly concerning information. The 7 page letter was written by Special Counsel Henry J. Kerner and alerted Trump and Congress “that Customs and Border Protection (CBP), through a ‘disturbing’ pattern of misconduct, has endangered the public for nearly a decade by failing to comply with a federal law requiring that the agency collect DNA samples from detained migrants.”
The United States Office of Special Counsel (OSC) said CBP’s “noncompliance with the law has allowed subjects subsequently accused of violent crimes, including homicide and sexual assault, to elude detection even when detained multiple times by CBP or ICE.” The OSC is taking the “strongest possible step” to “rebuke the agency’s failure to comply with the law.”
Legally, CBP was required to “collect DNA from individuals in its custody, to be run against FBI violent-crimes databases. The procedure is separate from DNA collection designed to establish familial relationships among migrants at the border.”
A specific incident mentioned in the letter involved a 2009 homicide which took place in Denver. The suspect had “several interactions” with law enforcement, including two arrests, but was allowed to go free until investigators finally collected a DNA sample in 2017.” A 1997 incident which included “two particularly brutal’ sexual assaults…eluded detection despite being in federal custody on nine separate occasions- before finally being connected to the crime on March 2019, after a DNA sample was collected.”
Kerner wrote “it is disturbing that this would occur even once, let alone routinely, for approximately a decade…many cold cases might have been solved- and victims of violent crimes granted closure- by now if CBP had complied with its obligations under the law.” Kerner also praised the whistleblowers inside the Customs and Border Protection “who flagged the matter by filing a complaint in May 2018. The whistleblowers specifically had alleged that the DNA pilot program was put on hold during the Obama administration, and efforts to implement it under the Trump administration were derailed.”
One whistleblower, Fred Wynn said “there is no current pilot program. It’s basically dead in the water.” Another whistleblower who spoke exclusively to Fox News, Mark Jones, “suggested federal authorities were concerned about facing legal liability from ‘angel families,’ or those who have lost loved ones at the hands of illegal immigrants- and that, by admitting fault, CBP would expose the agency to lawsuits.”
The DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005 states “the Attorney General may, as prescribed by the Attorney General in regulation, collect DNA samples from individuals who are arrested or detained under the authority of the United States.” CBP responded to the whistleblowers in December of 2018 with a letter to the OSC sitting there had been an internal review and found “there has been no violation of law, rule, or regulation and no substantial and specific danger to public safety.”
Of course, that was not the case, but the defenses the CBP offered up are particularly interesting. “First, in 2010, then-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano got a waiver for the DNA requirements from then-Attorney General Eric Holder, citing ‘severe organizational, resource and financial challenges.” CBP also claimed that other law enforcement agencies had picked up the slack and collected DNA samples. Apparently also not true. In the letter from Kerner, he wrote the “CBP’s arguments were legally and factually ‘unreasonable.”
Read Full Letter Here: Foxnews.com