The proposed southern border wall is still years away from becoming a reality and the escalation of the federal agencies to enforce our immigration laws has yet to occur.
But just the presence of Donald Trump in the White House has made a drastic impact on the number of illegal immigrants crossing over from Mexico and what was once a revolving door under the Obama administration has quickly become a stop sign.
In a report in The Daily Beast, a shelter in Northern Mexico that had been a last stop for many illegal immigrants to get some rest and clean up before making the final trek into the United States has been a ghost town of sorts. Between 100 and 300 people (men, women and children) would be housed there in a single night until recently and now that the weather has been milder, its lack of ‘business’ is totally shocking. The average number of people now has dropped to a dozen or so, all men and no families.
Trump’s hard stance on immigration that includes the end of the ‘catch and release’ program and much stiffer detention sentences have made illegals hesitant to cross the border. Federal prosecutors have new guidelines to prosecute some re-entrants for up to two years in prison.
Border towns once bustling with activity have fell silent and Attorney General Jeff Sessions touted the 72 percent drop in illegals caught crossing the border in a three-month period from December 2016 to March 2017.
“This is no accident,” he said recently to reporters.
An excerpt from the Daily Beast report documents how many illegal aliens are now reconsidering crossing the border into the United States:
“Is it true I’ll go to prison for two years if I get arrested?” a Honduran man named Mynor asked in Spanish.
He said he’d been deported from the U.S. four times already, and that he hadn’t been convicted of any crimes. But he’d spent several months in jails in Nevada, Texas, and Arizona before those deportations, he added, and he didn’t want to go back.
The two-year rumor was correct, I explained. Then I asked why he kept trying to make it in the U.S. instead of returning to his native country.
“La violencia,” he replied.
Still, the threat of two years in federal prison gave him second thoughts about making a fifth trip across the border, he added. Honduras is one of the most dangerous countries in the world, with rampant government corruption and extraordinary levels of cartel violence. Despite this, Trump has him considering going back.
H/T: The Daily Beast
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