One of President Trump’s campaign promises is being fulfilled and saving lives. According to National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, the huge drop in the number of illegal border crossers between the U.S. and Mexico is “nothing short of miraculous.”
“As far as the Trump administration’s efforts on immigration, this is something they campaigned heavily on,” he told C-SPAN on Monday. “At six months, where we are on meeting those promises, we are seeing nothing short of miraculous. If you look at the rhetoric that President Trump has given, it has caused a number of illegal border crossings to go down. We have never seen such a drop that we currently have.”
In another television interview on Fox News, he said, “There’s a vibe, there’s an energy in the Border Patrol that’s never been there before in 20 years that I’ve been in the patrol.”
This month, Customs and Border Protection reported a 53 percent decrease in the number of apprehensions at the southwest border since last year. The number also includes those deemed inadmissible.
The CBP uses the apprehension rate as a litmus test for how many people are trying to cross the border. They say the drop in apprehensions indicates a drop in attempted illegal crossings.
Judd said the Obama administration kept agents from doing their jobs. Now, all that has changed under Trump, and border patrol agents couldn’t be happier.
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