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USIs Trump following through on the wall, slowing illegal immigration?

01:45  12 september  2019
01:45  12 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Pentagon approves use of military construction funds to build Trump's border wall

Pentagon approves use of military construction funds to build Trump's border wall Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has authorized the use of $3.6 billion in military construction funds for 11 wall projects on the southern border with Mexico, according to defense officials and a letter from Esper to the Senate Armed Services Committee, which has been obtained by CNN. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); In his letter, Esper told Congress he has "determined that 11 military construction projects along the international border with Mexico, with an estimated total cost of $3.

Trump 's claims about the southern border also fail to emphasize that the majority of illegal immigration occurs when immigrants overstay their "I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border," he announced

President Trump ’s sales pitch for a wall on the U.S. border with Trump has tied illegal immigration to the opioid crisis specifically and illegal drug smuggling broadly. The number of people trafficked across the border illegally is unclear — as is the number of people smuggled through ports of entry.

President Donald Trump and members of his administration patted themselves on the back this week on their core issue of immigration, taking credit for a drop in the number of migrants crossing the southern border and for the construction of "new wall" along that border.

During a campaign rally Monday in North Carolina, Trump claimed "we are stopping them" when referring to migrants trying to request asylum along the southern border. And earlier in the day, Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan credited the administration's "incredible" and "unprecedented" efforts for a drop in the number of apprehensions along the border in August. These include limiting asylum requests, pressuring Mexico to police its southern border with Central America and forcing many asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while waiting for an immigration hearing.

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President Donald Trump has always linked illegal immigration to the southern border and the need for a wall . On Thursday — the 13th day of a government shutdown tied to the issue — Mr. Trump tweeted a video called "crisis on the border" depicting rioting migrants trying to rush into the country.

Some evidence exists that because illegal immigrants tend to be low-skilled, they compete with native-born workers and can lower wages for those at the bottom of the income scale. Trump has frequently pointed to sympathetic crime victims to justify his crackdown on illegal immigration .

"President Trump has used every tool available to address the humanitarian and security crisis at this border," Morgan said during a briefing with reporters at the White House.

But both men left out quite a bit of context when boasting about the administration's efforts. Here's what you need to know.

Has there been a drop in the number of migrants crossing the border?

It's true that border apprehensions fell from July to August, but the Trump administration failed to mention that they remain at historically high levels.

In August, there were 64,006 migrants who either crossed the border illegally or presented themselves at ports of entry without a valid visa. That represents a 22% drop from July, and a 56% drop from the peak of the migrant crisis in May.

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President Donald Trump 's address on immigration , as delivered from the Oval Office. This is the tragic reality of illegal immigration on our southern border. This is the cycle of human suffering that They don't build walls because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people

While Trump ’s ‘great, great wall ’ has yet to materialize, his administration has quietly built a barrier of bans, roadblocks and bureaucratic burdens.

Is Trump following through on the wall, slowing illegal immigration?© Guillermo Arias, AFP/Getty Images Central American migrants look through a border fence as a U.S. Border Patrol agent stands guard near the El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, on November 25, 2018.

Morgan was also correct when he said that illegal crossing usually rise from July to August, following a summer slowdown when high temperatures limit border crossings. From 2000 to 2018, apprehensions increased from July to August in all but four years, according to Border Patrol data.

So does that mean the Trump administration is meeting its stated goal of deterring illegal immigration?

Although the Trump administration is claiming a major victory, historical data paints a more nuanced view. What Morgan did not mention is that the number of people caught illegally entering the country in August remains far higher than previous years. In fact, the 50,693 migrants apprehended in August represented the highest number for that month since 2007, according to Border Patrol data.

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Mr. Trump contends that the start of deportations would show immigrants he meant business and prompt But the wall — symbolic of an iron-fisted immigration policy and providing a rallying cry for his “We’ve been joking: How big does the hole in the wall have to be to let the water run through it

Little has been done to fulfil Trump ’s promise of a border wall , but behind the scenes, his administration continues to enact changes to make immigration more difficult.

Pulling back to look at the entire year paints a similar picture. With one month remaining in the 2019 fiscal year, the agency has already apprehended 811,016 people, more than any of the previous dozen years.

"Those are still exceedingly high numbers," said Chris Chmielenski, deputy director of NumbersUSA, a group that advocates for lower levels of legal and illegal immigration and supports the president's immigration agenda. "The numbers are lower this month, so that's good. And if they can maintain this, then there's some real credit that the administration deserves. But right now, we just don't know."

What about the border wall? Has the Trump administration started building its long promised barrier between the U.S. and Mexico?

Addressing one of the president's core campaign promises, Morgan insisted Monday that the administration has already built 65 miles of "new wall" and will build more than 400 miles of additional barriers by the end of 2020.

The administration has been constructing pieces of the border wall, but describing those sections as "new wall" is a matter of interpretation.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump has begun a new push for legislation to crack down on illegal immigration and make it more difficult to obtain refuge in the United States, White House officials said Monday, arguing that lax laws have drawn a flood of migrants to the country’s borders.

President Donald Trump has mislead on immigration issues in his two years in office. The facts: It's unlikely that a wall would stop illegal drugs from coming into the U.S., since the bulk Legal experts told NBC News that Trump may have a legitimate case, but it depends on the legal arguments that

The reality is that the administration has not built a single mile of wall on a section of the border that previously had no barriers in place. Instead, the administration has torn down existing barriers, such as vehicle barriers that can be easily crossed by pedestrians, with more robust barriers that prevent vehicles and passengers from crossing.

Is Trump following through on the wall, slowing illegal immigration?© Gregory Bull, AP Construction crews replace a section of the primary wall separating San Diego, above right, and Tijuana, Mexico, below left, seen March 11, 2019, from Tijuana, Mexico. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has approved the use of $3.6 billion in funding from military construction projects to build 175 miles of President Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican border.

Morgan said such replacement fencing can easily be described as "new wall" since the improved versions provide a new capability to the wall structure. "If you go out there and ask the agents, they'll tell you that's new wall."

Some questioned Morgan's creative accounting.

"To keep your job at [the Department of Homeland Security], you have to play some serious Twister," said Ur Jaddou, director of DHS Watch, a pro-migrant group that tracks the actions of the department. "It's sad to see people who have spent their careers in these agencies having to contort themselves to keep their jobs in this administration."

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But if he doesn’t follow through on immigration — I don’t mean a wall . But if we don’t stop this I’m not telling you I don’t think Trump is going to do it. He asked me the question; I’m answering the But immigration , illegal immigration is why he won. We have to stop this flow of illegals who arguably

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday began a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigration , ordering the immediate construction of a It is an aggressive use of presidential power that follows through on the nationalistic vision Mr. Trump presented during his presidential campaign.

What do Trump supporters who want the wall think of the administration's alleged new barrier?

Trump made the wall a central theme of his 2016 campaign, and is already talking about it on the 2020 campaign trail.

"We are building that wall, and it's going up very big," he said during Monday's campaign rally in North Carolina, leading to chants from the crowd of, "build that wall."

But supporters who have closely followed the administration's actions say Trump is clearly exaggerating any progress toward building that wall.

"I don't think they can claim they've built any new additional fencing," said Chmielenski of NumbersUSA. "They've improved existing fencing."

Instead, many of his supporters are holding out hope that Trump's recent efforts to divert $3.6 billion from Department of Defense construction funds toward construction of the border wall will lead to a quick escalation of new construction in time for the 2020 election.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Is Trump following through on the wall, slowing illegal immigration?

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