Though the constant news media swirl may make it seem like longer, Donald Trump has only been in office about two-and-a-half months but the ripple affect of Trump can be readily seen in many places. Today we learned that last month’s job growth number was huge, 263,000 – well more than analyst predictions. 401k holders are also cheering as the stock market has been on a record-breaking tear ever since Trump’s winning of the November election. In what many call “the Trump rally”, the Dow has gained nearly 5% during the first three months of 2017, the Nasdaq is on track for a 10% jump, its best quarter since late 2013.
But the Trump Effect doesn’t have all numbers going up, today we’ve learned of a key number that has gone drastically down – arrests of people caught trying to sneak into the United States across the Mexican border. The number of people caught illegally sneaking into our country plummeted in March to the lowest monthly figure in more than 17 years as reported by the head of the Department of Homeland Security.
The Associate Press has stated “That’s a likely sign that fewer immigrants are trying to make the trek into the United States” and quoted DHS Secretary John Kelly as saying “that the steep decline in arrests is “no accident” and credited President Donald Trump’s approach to illegal immigration.”
Ya think? People can sense weakness, people can sense strength. Its becoming clear that both the coyotes shuttling human traffic and those going it on their own know that the era of a powerpuff-in-chief is over and so rather than even attempt it, they’re just staying put.
The story continues:
“Kelly reported the figures in written testimony submitted to a Senate committee ahead of an appearance Wednesday. The Associated Press obtained a copy of his testimony.
Though the Trump administration has not yet changed how the border is patrolled, the president’s tough talk on immigration – including plans to build a border wall – and his stepped-up arrests of immigrants living in the country illegally have likely acted as deterrents.
…In his testimony for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Kelly said fewer than 12,500 people were caught crossing the border illegally last month. That compares with more than 43,000 in December.
Kelly told lawmakers that the number of families and children traveling alone – groups that accounted for hundreds of thousands of illegal border crossers in recent years – also declined steeply. Last month fewer than 1,000 children were caught at the border and fewer than 1,100 people traveling as families were found. In recent years most of the families and children traveling alone have been from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.”
So apparently telling people “we will catch you, round you up and send you right back” is more of a deterrent that “c’mon over, we won’t pursue you, won’t arrest you, in fact we’ll give you a free cell phone, driver’s license, educate your children and provide all the free healthcare you need” is. Who knew?
Looks like the Democrats’ plan to import more potential voters may be in jeopardy. Boo hoo.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]