President Donald J. Trump and his administration are starting to rack up some wins in the way of border security, one of his hallmark issues during the 2016 election cycle.
A little over a week ago, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) swarmed seven separate food processing plants in Mississippi, arresting nearly 700 illegal aliens. The reverberations of that operation were felt in Georgia, where illegal aliens abandoned their posts at food processing plants after it was rumored that ICE would be raiding their workplaces.
The raids never took place, but it appears that the illegal alien community is taking the Trump administration seriously on the issue – something that has been uncommon for decades in the United States, as our border security policy has been the world’s laughingstock.
Meanwhile, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) ramped up its work in South Florida.
“In the past few weeks, Customs and Border Patrol officials have been spotted by commuters at Greyhound bus stations across Miami-Dade and Broward counties, asking riders on board, or in the process of boarding a bus, for proof of legal status,” according to an MSN report.
This is a stark contrast to the Obama administration’s policy of waving illegal aliens through the open borders, and busing them to whichever city they chose – all on the taxpayer dime.
CBP confirmed that it has been on the lookout for illegal aliens.
“U.S. Border Patrol has been performing enforcement actions away from the immediate border in direct support of border enforcement efforts and as a means of preventing trafficking, smuggling and other criminal organizations from exploiting our public and private transportation infrastructure to travel to the interior of the United States,” the organization said. “Agents in Florida enforce immigration law while working closely with local, state and federal law enforcement partners to keep communities safe while securing the coastal borders.”
Trump even managed an immigration win in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week, notoriously known as a hub for leftist activist judges.
The Trump administration levied an executive order requiring migrants traveling through El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, to seek asylum in the first country they reached before heading north through Mexico, and eventually into the United States. A lower court barred Trump’s executive order – placing an injunction on it – but it made its way through to the 9th Circuit, where the injunction was overturned. For now, Trump’s order stands, though activist groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who are fighting him tooth-and-nail could make an appeal to the Supreme Court.
It has been a bumpy ride for Trump supporters in the first few years of his administration. The political left has pulled out all the stops to halt his agenda of securing America’s borders, calling him a “racist” and a “bigot” for attempting to implement a sane immigration policy. Meanwhile, the GOP establishment has not exactly been helpful. During the first two years of Trump’s presidency, the GOP held the U.S. House and Senate. They could have passed any border security legislation imaginable. They did not because the RINOs in Congress, bought-and-paid-for by big business interests, were unwilling to deprive their donors of cheap labor.
Perhaps America is finally reaching a turning point on the border security issue.