President Donald Trump promised to vigorously enforce border enforcement, but the agency charged with that mission is making far fewer apprehensions of criminals with gang affiliations nationwide than it did under the Obama administration.
Border agents are also seizing a lot less marijuana than they did during the Obama administration.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the nation’s largest federal law enforcement agency charged with securing the nation’s borders and facilitating international travel and trade.
The top priority for Customs and Border Protection is to keep terrorists and their weapons from entering the United States, but officers in the agency have a complex mission with broad law enforcement authority at the nation’s more than 300 ports of entry, such as screening all foreign visitors, returning American citizens and imported cargo that enters the U.S.
Agency statistics released recently show that 536 gang members were nabbed nationwide. That is a poor showing compared with the 2,580 gang members arrested over the last three years, for an average of 860 each year.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics show 702 gang members arrested in 2016, 844 in 2015, and 1034 in 2014.
Marijuana seizures fell to 1,222,793 pounds since Trump has been president, down from an average of 2,406,725 pounds of marijuana seized in each of the prior five years.
Customs and Border Protection seized 2,822,478 pounds of marijuana in 2012, 2,900,118 pounds in 2013, 2,360,495 pounds in 2014, 2,141,102 pounds in 2015, and 1,809,434 pounds in 2016.
The statistics show that despite the time and attention this administration has paid to bnorder security issues, very little has actually gotten done.
Trump issued executive orders that were repeatedly struck down or put on hold by the courts because they violated rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
Trump was handed a major defeat when his rhetoric failed to match reality in a case that became a flash point in the national debate on illegal immigration.
A jury in San Francisco found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a homeless undocumented Mexican immigrant, not guilty of murder in the death of 32-year-old Kate Steinle two years ago.
As a presidential candidate, Trump cited the Steinle killing as a justification for his intended crackdown on immigration.
While the White House does not have influence over a jury charged with finding justice, it should have the ability to make sure federal workers in the chain of command measure up.
There was a decline in the number of CBP arrests of individuals, including U.S. citizens and aliens, who are wanted by other law enforcement agencies.
Even the number of U.S. Border Patrol arrests of criminal aliens with outstanding for warrants was also down. Those numbers dropped from 3,752 arrests in 2015 and 3,697 in 2016, down to just 2,675 in 2017.
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