(Press Release, December 31, 2019)

President Donald J. Trump (White House Official Photo by Shealah Craighead)

SECURING THE BORDER: President Trump has taken historic steps to confront the crisis on our Nation’s borders and protect American communities.

President Trump is following through on his promise to build a wall on our southern border.

  • The Administration expects to have approximately 450 miles of new border wall by the end of 2020.

The President struck new agreements with Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to help stop the flood of illegal immigration.

  • The President worked with Mexico to ensure they would improve their border security.
  • The United States is working with Mexico and others in the region to dismantle the human smuggling networks that profit from human misery and fuel the border crisis by exploiting vulnerable populations.
  • The Administration negotiated agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to stem the surge of aliens arriving at our border.
  • President Trump negotiated the Migrant Protection Protocols, requiring certain migrants to wait in Mexico during their immigration proceedings instead of allowing them to disappear into our country.
CBP Border Security Searches Automobiles (Photo Credit, DHS / Josh Denmark)

Thanks to the President’s swift action, border apprehensions fell by more than 70 percent from May – the peak of the crisis – to November.

  • The Trump Administration is stopping deadly drugs and violent criminals from flowing across our borders and into our communities.
  • Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized more than 163,000 pounds of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl at the southern border in FY 2019.
  • The United States Coast Guard seized more than 458,000 pounds of cocaine at sea in FY 2019 and referred nearly 400 suspected drug smugglers for prosecution.
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized over 1.4 million pounds of narcotics and made more than 12,000 narcotic-related arrests in FY 2019.
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized over 50,000 kilograms of methamphetamine and over 2,700 kilograms of fentanyl in FY 2019.
  • CBP apprehended 976 alien gang members in FY 2019, including 464 aliens affiliated with MS-13.
  • ICE HSI made over 4,000 arrests of gang members in FY 2019, including over 450 arrests of MS-13 members.
Ice Agents Remove Brazilian National Wanted for Homicide in His Home Country (Photo Credit: ICE)

RESTORING THE RULE OF LAW: President Trump is upholding the rule of law, restoring integrity to our asylum system, and promoting immigrant self-sufficiency.

President Trump released an immigration plan to fully secure our border, modernize our laws, and promote an immigration system based on merit.

President Trump is working to combat the abuse of our asylum system that drives illegal immigration.

  • The Administration took action to close the Flores Settlement Agreement loophole and ensure alien families can be kept together through their proceedings.
  • The President released an order that makes aliens ineligible for asylum if they passed through another country in transit to our border and did not apply for asylum in that country first.

Since taking office, President Trump has stepped up enforcement to ensure there are consequences for breaking our laws.

  • In FY 2019, the Department of Justice prosecuted a record breaking number of immigration related crimes.
  • ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 143,099 aliens in FY 2019, 86 percent of whom had criminal records.
  • ICE ERO removed more than 267,000 illegal aliens from the United States in FY 2019.

The Trump Administration is cracking down on sanctuary cities and increasing cooperation at the local level on immigration enforcement.

  • The Administration has more than doubled the number of jurisdictions participating in the 287(g) program, enhancing local cooperation on immigration enforcement.

The Administration took action to protect taxpayers by ensuring that aliens wishing to enter or remain in our country are able to support themselves and not rely on public benefits.

The President issued a proclamation to ensure immigrants admitted to America do not burden our healthcare system.

The President has taken action to reduce nonimmigrant visa overstays, a problem that undermines the rule of law, impacts public safety, and strains resources needed for the border.

President Trump made our country safer by ordering the enhanced vetting of individuals attempting to come to America from countries that do not meet our security standards.

The President is taking a responsible approach to refugee admissions, prioritizing refugee resettlement in jurisdictions where both State and local governments consent to receive them.

  • This order is designed to ensure that refugees are placed in an environment where they will have the best opportunity to succeed in their new homes.

 

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