By Rick Oltman, November 18, 2019
The number of apprehensions of people trying to illegally enter our country at the Mexican border has declined over the past six months. The U.S. Border Patrol is crediting President Trump’s policies.
Just to be clear, the number of arrests did NOT decline because the administration told our officers to stand down and look the other way at illegal alien traffic, as has happened in past administrations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan announced on Thursday, November 14, This Administration has implemented critical policies and reached important agreements with our partners in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala that have resulted in the fifth consecutive month of reduced apprehensions on the Southwest border… .
This is good news because it means that the messages of discouragement to potential illegal aliens, from the United States and Mexico and other Central American countries, are having the desired effect … discouraging people from making the journey. After years of encouragement from American business, congressmen, even past presidents, we are moving in the right direction regarding securing our border. But there still are complainers.
Yes, Virginia, things are not moving fast enough for any of us who have worked for years for immigration enforcement and border security. But we are moving in the right direction for the first time since the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act amnesty became law, and it’s important to keep that in mind.
One of the latest complaints is that there has been no new wall built, only that old wall has been replaced … and some of that was cut through! Well, no kidding. Criminals involved in criminal activity.
The wall that has been replaced was put there because those parts of the border were high traffic areas. And it needed to be replaced because much of it was quite old and made of “landing mats.” These “landing mats” were manufactured for the Pacific War, the one that ended 74 years ago. And since they weren’t needed for air bases in the Pacific, they were used on the border. It was a good idea to replace them.
As for cutting through the new fence to help drug smugglers push their loads across the border, there are two examples of why the fence was needed right there.
There is certainly more to come from the Trump Administration regarding immigration enforcement and border security. Obviously, it won’t be easy. The open borders crowd will continue to lie about and obstruct future efforts of enforcement.
It is important in the months ahead that we take note of those who want to throw our borders open to everyone, and to support the efforts by our U.S. Border Patrol agents to protect our country.
Mark Morgan also reminded us: These are positive results, but Congress must pass meaningful legislation to stop the exploitation of vulnerable families and children, and bring integrity back to our broken immigration system.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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