Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump had a tough stance on illegal immigration, many quoting it as “tough talk.” Many recolonize his famous statements about how Mexico and other countries of Central America are “sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime, their rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
That quote rocketed across the nation then around the world, and will be one of the most memorable statements of the election. From thence forward, Trump was the “law and order candidate.” His wall and deportations were the big ideas he had brought to the table. Most of the discussion always went back to his ideas.
“If it weren’t for me, you wouldn’t even be talking about illegal immigration,” Trump said at the first GOP debate in Cleveland. Trump went on to add that “you wouldn’t even be talking about it. This wasn’t a subject that was on anybody’s mind until I brought it up at my announcement.”
Now, as president, Donald Trump has illegal immigration heading in the right direction.
Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protections has announced that in 2017, “the flow of illegal border crossings as measured by apprehensions and the prevention of inadmissible persons at our southern border dropped by 40 percent.” Due to the tough talk on immigration, illegal immigration is now “trending toward the lowest monthly total in at least the last five years.”
The decrease itself isn’t just surprising because the CBP reports that the first two months of every year usually report a “10-20 percent increase” in illegal immigration. Therefore, the trend has been flipped in the opposite direction altogether. So far, it seems as though the administration has a grasp on the border situation until the wall is built.