Ground has not even been broken to construct the wall President Trump promised to build along the southern border, but just his presence in the White House is having a dramatic impact on the problem of illegal immigrants flowing into the country from Mexico.
In fact, 50,340 people attempting to illegally cross the southern border into the United States from Mexico have been apprehended and turned around in the first two months of 2017.
An inference can be drawn to a deterrent effect even before the president’s policies have been put into motion.
The emergency processing centers near El Paso, Texas have been closed.
Of course, the real benefit is that the potential for previously deported criminals disappearing into communities across America has been reduced. Bigly, as President Trump might say.
Data compiled by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows the number of apprehensions dropped from 31,578 in January to 18,762 in February – a 40 percent decline.
The drop occurred during a time of year when the numbers increase, rather than decrease, according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and took place as Donald Trump took office and began his presidency.
Candidate Trump ran on a promise of deporting illegal aliens within the United States, as well as building a wall along the southern border as part of an effort to reinforce immigration laws long on the books, but ignored under the eight years of the Obama administration.
On March 1, six weeks into his term, President Trump reaffirmed that vow in an address to a Joint Session of Congress, just a week after he ordered the construction of the wall to begin, withdrawing federal funding from so-called “sanctuary” cities and states that provide safe haven to illegal aliens, while expanding the number of immigration agents available to enforce the law.