Wednesday, November 6, 2019

President Trump is delivering on his promise to fix our broken immigration system

We asked and he delivered: President Trump is fulfilling his promise to fix America’s broken immigration system.
Trump has already closed one of the most glaring loopholes in our immigration law by tightening up the asylum process, which had been exploited by huge numbers of illegal immigrants in recent years.
Although the United States only grants asylum under strict conditions, migrants realized that simply applying for asylum, especially while claiming to be crossing the border as a “family unit,” would allow them to reside in the U.S. for months or years while awaiting a hearing in our backlogged immigration courts. The overwhelming majority of asylum applications are fraudulent, but by the time those rulings are handed down many migrants are unwilling to leave the country. As a result, we still have to deal with a large volume of illegal immigrants whose asylum requests have been rejected, even though the loophole is now closed.
Fortunately, Trump is well aware of this fact, and he’s making sure that people who have been ordered to leave the country after submitting a fake asylum claim cannot brazenly defy our laws.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported more than 2,500 illegal immigrants in August and September who had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border as “family units” but were deemed ineligible for asylum. That’s a 435% increase compared to the monthly average in 2018.
By rigorously enforcing legal orders of deportation for fraudulent asylum seekers, Trump is addressing multiple elements of the illegal immigration crisis simultaneously. In addition to protecting American communities and saving taxpayer money, the strategy will help to deter false asylum claims in the future, easing the pressure on our overwhelmed Border Patrol agents as they work to secure the southern border.
A recent study from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, known as FAIR, suggests that illegal immigration creates “a net fiscal burden of at least $131.9 billion annually on U.S. taxpayers.” Notably, FAIR’s current estimate is $16 billion higher than it was just two years ago — a clear sign that the situation only would have gotten worse without Trump's action.
Read the rest from Brandon Judd HERE.

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