A CALL TO BUILD THE WALL
President Trump recently cited “Democrat-supported loopholes in our federal laws” as the reason that most illegal immigrant families are not detained or removed from the U.S. — “only released.” Recent numbers appear to reflect the influence of the loophole factor.
“We have seen a record-shattering surge in the arrival of family units, with more than 161,000 family unit apprehensions and inadmissibles in fiscal year 2018. This historic surge was 42 percent higher than any previous year on record. In the last three months, family unit apprehensions made up the highest percentage of total apprehensions in history,” the White House said in a statement released on Tuesday.
“Of the family unit aliens from non-contiguous countries who arrived in FY 2017, only around 1.4 percent have been repatriated as of June 30, 2018. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facilities are at 98 percent capacity. Shelters for unaccompanied alien minors are operating at 88 percent capacity,” the White House noted, also citing a report from the international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders which revealed that over two-thirds of those making the journey north become victims of violence along the way.
As the situation surrounding the approaching Honduran “caravan” grows more dramatic and media coverage more strident, some feel compelled to step forward and support Mr. Trump’s persistent call to mend porous borders, and bring order.
“We need to get serious about building the wall. Period. I spent time along our southern border this summer learning about the everyday obstacles of border patrol officers in Texas and Arizona. These brave officers risk their lives every day to keep their communities safe — busting drug cartels and protecting the vulnerable women and children who often get caught in human trafficking,” says Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund chairman Jenny Beth Martin.
“By advocating for the illegal entry of this 7,500-plus migrant caravan, Democrats and the liberal media are encouraging a dangerous precedent that would further endanger the lives of these officers and the communities they protect. It is reckless and shameful. We fully support President Trump’s call for law and order along our border,” says Ms. Martin, who also believes that a border wall will help quell the opioid epidemic in the U.S.
Is there a partisan divide in all this? Absolutely. A new Pew Research Center poll of close to 9,000 voters finds that “illegal immigration” is ranked as the top “very big problem” in the U.S. by 75 percent of Republicans voters — compared to 19 percent of Democratic voters. More numbers on such divides in the Poll du Jour at column’s end.
“Trump is a fighter and he’s shown Republicans that while losing with honor may make you feel good for a day, winning ugly will make you feel good for a lifetime. Trump has Democrats playing his game and it’s not a good look for them,” the columnist advises.
Migrants sit on top of a wall near San Diego earlier this year during a gathering that included people who live on both sides of the border.