After receiving word of President Trump’s strict enforcement of immigration laws, the number of Haitians attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped by 97 percent.
The flow of Haitians into the U.S. began to slow in 2016 when the Obama administration started deporting Haitians following a six-year humanitarian pause. But news of Trump’s election changed the plans of tens of thousands of Haitians in Latin and South America who had anticipated coming to America.
Six months ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers along the southern border reported encountering in excess of 100 Haitians daily. By March, the number had declined to 100 for the entire month—down 97 percent.
“The fact that these numbers are not just down, but so significantly reduced, is a direct credit to the Trump administration,” said Joe Kasper, chief of staff for Representative Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who in 2016 exposed the surge of Haitians across the border. “It shows what a message of enforcement first signals to the rest of the world and the extent to which the Obama administration’s policies were a problem.”
“We did everything we could to warn the Obama administration about the seriousness of the problem it created and a solution that centered on strong leadership and good decision-making. They were willfully deaf to it all,” Kasper said. “Now we’re seeing a change in approach and results, all of it without passing a single piece of legislation or providing new authorities.”
There has also been a decline in the number of “inadmissible” migrants appearing at U.S. ports of entry and demanding admission–from over 20,000 in October to approximately 4,400 in March, a drop of almost 80 percent. The number of illegal aliens detained while trying to cross into the U.S. between the ports is down from over 46,000 in October to a just more than 12,000 in March.
Beginning in late November, 2016, and during the following two months, the U.S. deported more than 2,000 Haitians. During Trump’s first two months in office, an additional 1,700 have been removed.
Reuters reported in March that thousands of Haitians have ended up stranded in northern Mexico now that the U.S. is not allowing them entry. They are hoping to gain legal status there but, according to Reuters, Mexican officials claimed to have no immediate plans to legalize the Haitians.
H/T: The Washington Times
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