President Trump is doing a wonderful and underappreciated job stemming illegal immigration. We all know about the migrant emergency Trump stopped cold.
No more caravans because the gravy train is over. Now, Customs, and Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland security are revealing that for the last 5 months, the Trump administration has been removing and returning more illegal ‘migrants’ than those apprehended.
This is a total game-changer. He added that “we are also more effective and efficient at doing so, applying a consequence or pathway to 95% of those we apprehend.”
“For the last 5 months, we are removing and returning more illegal migrants than those apprehended!” acting Commissioner Mark Morgan wrote.
“We are also more effective and efficient at doing so, applying a consequence or pathway to 95% of those we apprehend. This is a game changer,” he added.
“We’ve got the tools in place now where we have the capacity to remove more people than we’re actually apprehending,” Mr. Morgan told reporters ahead of announcing the February numbers Thursday.
After eight months of declines, the number of illegal immigrants either apprehended by Border Patrol agents or encountered by officers at ports of entry ticked up from about 36,650 in January to about 37,100 in February.
In February 2019, by contrast about 76,550 unauthorized migrants were caught trying to enter.
And at the height of last year’s surge in May, more than 144,000 migrants were nabbed. Of those, more than 80,000 were immediately released into communities, because under a patchwork of laws and court rulings there was no way to hold and quickly deport them.
Most remain in the U.S. still, authorities believe.
But the new lower numbers at the border mean Homeland Security is finally cutting into the backlog, Mr. Morgan said.
“For the last five months, the number of those we removed have outpaced the number we have encountered at the southwest border,” he said.
In January, for example, Homeland Security ousted nearly 42,000 illegal immigrants, or about 5,200 more than were nabbed at the border.
For the last 5 months, we are removing and returning more illegal migrants than those apprehended! We are also more effective and efficient at doing so, applying a consequence or pathway to 95% of those we apprehend. This is a game changer. pic.twitter.com/2QTXxk82cj
— Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) March 5, 2020