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Trump Vastly Decreases Number of Asylum Claimants Who Can Stay in the United States

The number of people who have been permitted to remain in the United States while awaiting adjudication of their asylum claims has declined under President Trump from about 20 percent to under one percent, according to Fox News. The vast majority, under Trump’s new system, just stay in Mexico while they wait for their court date.

Claiming asylum is used extensively to game the immigration system. Fewer are even trying the tactic because they do not get released into the United States.

Meanwhile little-reported is that the number of people illegally crossing into the United States has declined drastically since the border crisis in the spring. Only 42,649 people were apprehended or showed up to claim asylum along the U.S.-Mexico border in November, down from 144,116 in May.

Trump Policy Works: Illegal Crossings from Mexico Decline for Sixth Month in a Row

Where is all the reporting that President Trump has succeeded with his pressure on Mexico to get tough with all the migrants crossing its borders to get to the United States?

From the Washington Examiner:

The number of people who illegally crossed the southern border or arrived at a port of entry to claim asylum has declined for a sixth consecutive month since peaking at the height of the humanitarian crisis in May.

Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan announced Monday that 42,649 people were apprehended or showed up to claim asylum along the U.S.-Mexico border in November. That number is down from more than 144,116 in May.

The number of arrests has dropped significantly since Mexico deployed more federal police and military to the United States and Guatemalan borders to deter illegal immigration after President Trump followed through on a threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports if the country did not take action.

The Trump administration also began turning away asylum seekers arriving at border crossings, limiting the number of people who can present their cases per day. It then implemented the Migrant Protection Protocols, which mandate the large majority of asylum seekers be returned to Mexico while their case waits to be heard by a U.S. federal immigration judge.

The number had dropped to 104,311 in June, 81,777 in July, 62,707 in August, 52,546 in September, and 45,250 in October. It is now on par with the usual number of monthly encounters of people on the southern border.

Illegal Border Crossings Plummet Over the Last Five Months

President Trump noticed last spring that Mexico was not helping stop illegal immigrants from Central America who were flowing across Mexico to our southern border.

So he got tough, threatening sanctions. Everyone was aghast! But Mexico suddenly started cooperating.

According to the Washington Examiner:

The number of people arrested for illegally crossing the southern border from Mexico dropped in October for a fifth consecutive month, down 73% after hitting 132,000 arrests in May.

More than 35,000 people were apprehended by Border Patrol agents for illegally entering Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California between official crossing points last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Thursday.

The number of arrests in October was down from around 40,000 in September, 50,000 in August, 71,000 in July, and 94,000 in June. CBP uses the number of arrests as an indicator of how many people tried to illegally enter the country, since it is not able to stop every person who tries.

The number of arrests has dropped significantly since Mexico deployed more federal police and military to the U.S. and Guatemalan borders to deter illegal immigration.

In late May, President Trump — frustrated by the lack of legislative action in the U.S. to address the crisis — followed through on a threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports if the country did not take action to deter people passing through Mexico from Central America on the way to the U.S. southern border.

The Mexican government deployed its National Guard to the U.S. border to prevent people from crossing in well-traveled spots. It also sent the Guard and federal police to its southern border with Guatemala to prevent people from entering into Mexico. Other federal law enforcement and military set up checkpoints along highways in Central Mexico to stop buses of people traveling north. Those without legal documents are arrested and deported.

Trump Says He’ll Strike a Deal with Democrats on DACA

President Trump’s attempt to overturn Barack Obama’s illegal DACA order is at the Supreme Court today. Not sure how it will go. John Roberts, the new Anthony Kennedy, possibly will wimp out for the sake of peace, love and understanding.

Trump won’t get a deal this year. Not during the campaign and while he’s being impeached. After he is reelected, it could happen. I just don’t think that in the end, they are going to send people back to a country they’ve never lived in.

More Than One Million People Tried to Cross the Border Last Year

Okay, but the numbers have been decreasing in recent months. President Trump’s border policy may finally be starting to work, just in time for the 2020 campaign.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Nearly 1 million people arrived at the U.S. border with Mexico and were encountered by law enforcement over the past 12 months, marking a major spike from any year in the past decade, the country’s top border official announced Tuesday. 

Just under 980,000 people were encountered at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal 2019, which ran from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which handles all border and trade affairs. A total 521,090 people were encountered along the southern border in fiscal 2018.

Encounters, which include contact with those who illegally crossed and those who were turned away for lack of documentation at ports of entry, are an indicator of how many people tried to illegally cross into the country.

“This is a staggering 88% higher than the number of enforcement actions in 2018,” acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan said during a press conference at the White House Tuesday morning. “These numbers are numbers that no immigration system in the world is designed to handle, including ours.” 

Morgan said officials believe another 150,000 people eluded being caught while crossing in fiscal 2019.

NY Times Uncovers a New Accomplice in El Paso Shooting: Conservative Media

Incredible. I can see only one guilty party revealed by this article: The participation of the New York Times in the destruction of journalism by printing an opinion piece, and a highly illogical and irresponsible one, in the news section of the paper.

And this one is particularly malignant. It attempts to suggest that because there are words and phrases included in the killer’s manifesto that are spoken by conservative media to describe mass, often illegal immigration, then therefore conservative media had a role in the killing.

They don’t say that, but that’s clearly what they are trying to get across.

The speech police in the press, of all places, have decided that if you use strong language, you could be guilty of murder.

This is so dumb I simply can’t believe that five reporters and no doubt numerous editors participated in it. That’s the power of Trump Derangement Syndrome and the media’s hatred of conservatives.

From the New York Times piece:

Tucker Carlson went on his prime-time Fox News show in April last year and told his viewers not to be fooled. The thousands of Central Americans on their way to the United States were “border jumpers,” not refugees, he said. “Will anyone in power do anything to protect America this time,” he asked, “or will leaders sit passively back as the invasion continues?”

When another group approached the border six months later, Ann Coulter, appearing as a guest on Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show, offered a dispassionately violent suggestion about what could be done to stem the flow of migrants: “You can shoot invaders.”

A few days after, Rush Limbaugh issued a grim prognosis to his millions of radio listeners: If the immigrants from Central America weren’t stopped, the United States would lose its identity. “The objective is to dilute and eventually eliminate or erase what is known as the distinct or unique American culture,” Mr. Limbaugh said, adding: “This is why people call this an invasion.”

There is a striking degree of overlap between the words of right-wing media personalities and the language used by the Texas man who confessed to killing 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso this month. In a 2,300-word screed posted on the website 8chan, the killer wrote that he was “simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”

It remains unclear what, or who, ultimately shaped the views of the white, 21-year-old gunman, or whether he was aware of the media commentary. But his post contains numerous references to “invasion” and cultural “replacement” — ideas that, until recently, were relegated to the fringes of the nationalist right.

An extensive New York Times review of popular right-wing media platforms found hundreds of examples of language, ideas and ideologies that overlapped with the mass killer’s written statement — a shared vocabulary of intolerance that stokes fears centered on immigrants of color. The programs, on television and radio, reach an audience of millions.

“It remains unclear what, or who, ultimately shaped the views of the white, 21-year-old gunman, or whether he was aware of the media commentary,” the Times writes. But, well, who the hell cares? Let’s indict Tucker Carlson as a co-conspirator.

These journalists seem to think they have done something scientific. What they have done is garbage.

But all their peers in the liberal mainstream press will think they are wonderful for going after those awful conservatives. That’s no small part of what this is about.

Oh, and BTW, somebody has got to do something about this invasion of illegal immigrants from Mexico.

Trump Moves to Bar More Immigrants Who Receive Welfare

One top White House reporter, supposedly of the unbiased sort, actually asked USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli whether President Trump intended to to erase “Give me your tired, your poor,” from the Statue of Liberty.

You have to have been on welfare for a year before you have a problem. Seems like there has to be some limit on the amount of money you demand from U.S. taxpayers if you are going to get the gift of residing here.

According to the Washington Examiner:

The Trump administration in October will enlarge the pool of immigrants who can be barred from entry or denied visa renewals because of their reliance on U.S. government benefits, according to a rule change published in the Federal Register.

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services formally submitted the update to a 1999 rule on Monday. The rule further expands the definition of a “public charge,” a term the government uses to indicate a noncitizen has a history of receiving long-term financial or other assistance.

“Through the public charge rule, President Trump’s administration is reinforcing the ideals of our self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America,” USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli said during a press conference Monday morning.

Immigrants seeking to enter the United States for the first time as well as those seeking renewal of visas will be judged based on assistance they have accepted from the federal government for at least 12 months in any 36-month period, including cash benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, most forms of Medicaid, and some housing programs, according to the new rule. The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program and Medicaid were not previously part of the 20-year-old rule.

Trump Suggests Legislation “Marrying” Background Checks and Immigration Reform

Well, the dealmaker thinks he can entice Democrats to support immigration reform by offering to link it to gun control. Of course, they won’t, and President Trump probably knows that. But he also knows he can then try to say he offered to do something about guns but they would not cooperate. Continue Reading

Poll: Mexicans​ Want Transiting Migrants Deported Back to Their Countries

Wait, what?? I thought we were the only intolerant people on earth! Oh, this must have been so hard for the Washington Post to write. But it turns out other countries take rational positions about illegal immigrant crossing their borders too. According to the Post: Mexicans are deeply frustrated with immigrants after a year of… Continue Reading

Trump Administration Fines Illegal Immigrants Up to $500K for Failing to Leave

According to NPR, which can’t be happy about this: The Trump administration is seeking to fine some immigrants, who are in the United States illegally, hundreds of thousands of dollars for failing to take steps to leave after being ordered to do so, according to government documents obtained by NPR. The Department of Homeland Security… Continue Reading

Obama DHS Secretary Criticizes 2020 Dems’ “Open Borders” Stance

Let’s face it. By seeking to decriminalize illegal border crossings and abolish detention centers, Democrats are advocating an open border with Mexico. This is bad news for the country. Democrats have lost their minds on immigration. But it’s certainly good news for the reelection prospects of President Trump, who was won the White House in… Continue Reading