Team Trump Considers New Method To Discourage Illegal Border Crossings

Team Trump Considers New Method To Discourage Illegal Border Crossings

Ever since Mr. Trump took office, the rhetoric of his administration has been harsh on illegal immigration, which has worked very well to discourage people from crossing the border illegally. The numbers for border crossings are way down. Paired with allowing law enforcement to actually enforce the laws on illegal aliens, they’ve done a great job on this issue. Then, you add in how the media and Democrats have freaked out all throughout the year, talking about fear among illegals and stuff, and there’s even more disincentivizing of people coming illegally. Really, the media has done Trump a big service by keeping the issue at the forefront for much of the year. But, numbers in November, so

To curb illegal border crossings, Trump administration weighs new measures targeting families

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is considering a series of measures to halt a new surge of Central American families and unaccompanied minors coming across the Mexican border, including a proposal to separate parents from their children, according to Trump administration officials with knowledge of the plans.

These measures, described on condition of anonymity because they have not been publicly disclosed, would also crack down on migrants already living in the United States illegally who send for their children. That aspect of the effort would use data collected by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to target parents for deportation after they attempt to regain custody of their kids from government shelters.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has previously considered some of these proposals, but there is renewed urgency within the administration to address an abrupt reversal of what had been a sharp decline in illegal immigration since Trump took office in January .

In November, U.S. agents took into custody 7,018 families, or “family units,” along the border with Mexico, a 45 percent increase over the previous month, the latest DHS statistics show. The number of Unaccompanied Alien Children, or UACs, was up 26 percent.

Those numbers are well below most Obama era numbers, but, whether or not this report is real (it’s repeated at the NY Times and other outlets with the same us of anonymous sources), the idea is to scare those who might come illegally, along with those who are here illegally.

Trump administration officials described the measures as an unpalatable but necessarily tough series of policy options to discourage Central American families from embarking on the long, dangerous journey to the border — or hiring smugglers to bring their kids north.

“People aren’t going to stop coming unless there are consequences to illegal entry,” one DHS official said.

Unlike the Obama administration, which encouraged people to come here illegally (particularly from Central America. Numbers from Mexico were and still are way down), Team Trump is doing all they can to discourage illegal entry. You don’t have to spend the time and money catching and deporting if fewer attempt to come illegally.

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

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