Deportations Way Down As Trump Effect Hits Illegal Aliens

Deportations Way Down As Trump Effect Hits Illegal Aliens

Say what you want, the “fear” that Trump and his people are stoking in the illegal alien crowd is working

(The Monitor) The number of undocumented immigrants deported during the first half of 2017 fell 14 percent from a year earlier as fewer people tried to illegally enter the United States on the southern border, according to the Trump administration.

There were 104,618 people deported through June, down from 121,170 during the same months in 2016, according to data provided Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in response to a query.

In previous years, the number of deportations was boosted by law enforcement officials apprehending more people just after they illegally crossed the U.S. border, said Matthew Bourke, an ICE spokesman. As fewer people enter the United States illegally on the border, “removals are going to be impacted,” he said.

It’s a simple equation: if you stop pandering to those who are in the U.S. illegally, and stop being squishy on those who cross the border illegally, fewer will come. If you’re rounding up illegals, regardless of whether they’ve committed felonies or not, and deporting them, if you’re doing more raids, if you’re making it harder for businesses to employ them, they will not come in as great a number.

Even as deportations have declined, arrests of undocumented immigrants by ICE agents increased 37 percent in the first six months of the year, compared with the same period last year. This year, there were 75,026 arrests, compared with 54,683 a year earlier.

Among those arrested, more of the suspects than in previous years have never committed a crime, said Ryan Eller, executive director of Define American, an advocacy group that tells immigrants’ stories to frame debate on the topic.

Except for the crime of being in the United States illegally.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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