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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.

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