President Donald Trump has made combating illegal immigration a cornerstone of his presidency and 2020 campaign.
The president’s administration has been working tirelessly for almost three years to secure the border, build more of the wall, and reduce the number of illegal aliens crossing into the United States.
The White House got great news this week and secured a huge victory — and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi never saw it coming.
A new report reveals that around 55,000 immigrants who were sent back to Mexico by the Trump administration to await the resolution of their asylum claims, only about 20,000 are estimated to still be waiting.
That means that almost half have returned home and are dropping their asylum case.
Pelosi and Democrats want open borders and migrants to flood into the U.S. for obvious reasons — but the Trump administration has shut that down.
“We’re now sending the message that, if you’re coming here as an economic migrant, you’re not going to be allowed into the United States,” Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan, who has called MPP a “game-changer,” told reporters this month. “That’s driving a lot of people to return.”
The policy, known as Migrant Protection Protocols, replaces the catch and release policy that previously released the migrants into the general U.S. population, where many would disappear and never show up for their hearings.
Trump signed an executive order earlier this year that ordered migrants to make asylum claims in the first country they cross into before coming to the U.S.
The goal of this is to ensure that there aren’t 100,000 migrants storming America’s border every month and getting into the country while immigration courts wait to hear their cases.
The rule means most of these migrants will have to either drop their asylum claims or wait in another country until the U.S. approves or denies their claims.
The new assessment, significantly, cites estimates from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that approximately 20,000 migrants are currently being sheltered in Mexico near the U.S. border as they still seek entry to the U.S. The assessment says that number, though, suggests “a significant proportion of the 55,000+ MPP returnees have chosen to abandon their claims.”
The statistics put some meat on the bones of what officials have been saying for months, specifically that many of those in MPP — particularly those who do not have a legitimate asylum claim — realize that they will not be released into the interior and then just return home. Those returning migrants may then dissuade others from making the journey, reducing one of the “pull factors” bringing people north illegally.
The MPP policy has been one of the most effective parts of the administration’s crackdown on asylum seekers and illegal immigration, but also one of the most controversial. Critics claim that migrants are being sent into camps with squalid conditions, and are also at risk of violence from cartels.
This comes after a recent report that the Trump administration expects at least 450 new miles of the wall to be built by the end of 2020.
More funding for the border wall is going to trigger a very big fight in Congress leading up to November, where a new spending bill will need to be passed or the federal government will shut down.
Democratic leaders have said they plan to offer zero dollars for Trump’s wall.
Republicans are proposing that $5 billion from domestic programs be spent on the wall, with plans to divert another $7 billion in military construction funds to border projects.
If the Senate approves an additional $12 billion in funding for the wall, that would likely fund the rest of the project.
That leaves around 1,000 miles on the border that would need a barrier of some sorts.
The additional $12 billion would likely cover that with no problem at all. And Democrats are going to keep trying their hardest to stop Trump from getting this done.