President Trump has been receiving exceedingly high praise on his border security initiatives. In a recent interview, Brandon Judd—head of the National Border Council, revealed that morale within the agency has reached a new high under President Trump, due to Trump’s commitment to enforcing existing federal laws. “There’s an energy in the Border Patrol that’s never been there before,” he stated, “we’re excited because we signed up to do a job and this president is allowing us to do that job”.
During his presidential campaign, Trump made border security a main issue, vowing to deport illegal immigrants and build a wall along the US-Mexico border. The president has also urged Congress to fund the hiring of more Border Patrol agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Trump told reporters in early July that he plans to add hundreds of miles of new fencing along the border as well.
Although detractors have come down harshly on President Trump, calling the border wall a human rights violation and condemning it as unconstitutional, the bold initiative has proven to be successful thus far, with illegal immigration declining at a rate Judd calls “nothing less than miraculous”.
Critics can lambast Trump all they want, but the facts speak for themselves: the man is keeping his campaign promises.
When asked about Trump’s effectiveness in his border security initiative, Judd attributed the president’s success to his strong rhetoric and no-nonsense approach, but added that it’s time for Congress to step up and take action to support the president. “No other president has been able to cut the number of illegal border crossings as President Trump has, and it’s been strictly due to his rhetoric,” he explained, “As the numbers steadily increase, it is time for Congress to act.” Judd also debunked the common criticism of liberal pundits who argue that the United States cannot afford to secure the border with a wall, explaining that the high cost of drug smuggling and other illegal alien crime far exceeds the cost of securing our nation’s border.
In the month of July alone, US Customs and Border Protection reported a 53% decrease in the number of apprehensions at the southwest border since last year, this drop in apprehensions indicating a drop in overall attempted illegal crossings. Congress has also approved a spending bill that would put $1.6 billion toward construction of the wall.
Judd says that with Trump’s strong focus on border control and security, the president sends a clear message to the rest of the world: “if you cross our borders illegally, you will be detained and you will be sent back”.