Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Stemming the Tide of Illegals

In spite of a barrage of personal attacks on President Trump, his policies are already producing exactly what those who elected him hoped for. Even though his proposed wall on our southern border is still on the drawing board the number of immigrants traveling to the U.S. from Central America has declined sharply.

The decline in movement from Central America and Mexico is in sharp contrast to what occurred under the Obama administration. Much of the influx of illegal aliens during the last eight years was due to the encouragement given by our own government. That went so far as the U.S. Department of Agriculture paying to run advertisements in Mexico that said illegal aliens could access government benefits when they came to the United States.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, more than fifty percent of immigrant-headed households use at least one federal welfare program compared to 30 percent of households headed by American citizens. Immigrant households receive 57 percent more food assistance than native households.

With a renewed focus on stemming the tide of undocumented immigrants, those numbers are markedly declining. Unlike his predecessor, Trump paid attention to these undeniable facts revealed by the Pew Research Center:

·       There were 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2015.
·       The U.S. civilian workforce includes 8 million unauthorized immigrants.
·       A rising percentage of unauthorized immigrants have lived in the U.S. for at least a decade. Two-thirds of adult illegals had been in the U.S. at least that long in 2014, compared with 41% in 2005.

According to the Associated Press, President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration has proven “somewhat” successful. A further report from AP reveals that fewer illegal immigrants are applying for food stamps “for fear they may be deported if their immigration status becomes known”.

It isn’t surprising that the AP reports take a sympathetic view toward illegal immigrants who are opting out of the food stamp program. The AP quotes a 52-year-old illegal in New York City who said she dropped a benefit that was supporting her teenage daughter, who is a U.S. citizen thanks to the United States’ “anchor baby” policy, “purely because she was afraid of being in the food stamp program, which requires applicants to state their immigration status.”

But the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies says it is unfair to place this burden on American taxpayers. “It is an attempted moral blackmail to say, ‘If you Americans don’t give me your money, I can’t stay here and feed my children,’” said director Mark Krikorian. “Well, it’s your choice. No one made you sneak into the United States.”

Illegal aliens are not eligible to receive food stamps, but their children are, meaning illegals can apply for benefits for their children. Those children automatically qualify regardless of how they came to the United States.

During Trump’s first six months in office deportations are up 38 percent with the net result being illegals are staying under the radar, even if that means going without food stamps. “The recent dip in apprehensions likely does signify a trend, in particular as apprehensions typically rise during March and early spring,” said Michelle Mittelstadt, spokeswoman for Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that researches migration. “At this point it seems clear that would-be migrants are concerned about rising enforcement not just at the border but within the United States.” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says results are already being seen in the reduction of illegal immigrants:

“I’m pretty happy that they’ve done so much in such a short period of time so it would really be difficult for me to criticize them on that issue because there’s no comparison with any other administration as far as how quickly and effectively they’ve approached the problem on many different fronts,” Paxton said.

The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, Ronald Vitiello, testified to a Senate Judiciary subcommittee the decline is due to Trump’s January executive orders mandating a shift in policy and resources on the border.

Vitiello told the Washington Examiner, “As a result of the executive orders issued by the president, and the implementing policies issued by the secretary, as well as earlier policy changes and the significant investments we have made in border-enforcement personnel, technology, and infrastructure, we are seeing a historic shift in illegal crossings along the southwest border.”

Numbers do not lie; there can be no doubt President Trump’s actions have already begun to stem the tide. ~ American Liberty Report

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