President Donald Trump’s plans for enhanced border security and interior enforcement address several key magnets that draw illegal immigrants to risk their lives by contracting with cartel-connected human smugglers to enter the U.S. The border security section of the plan focuses on creating physical deterrents to entry and a swift return to their country of origin for those who are caught illegally crossing the border. The plan will also address the many fraudulent asylum and refugee claims.
Current backlogs in immigration courts make the quick removal of illegal aliens apprehended along the country’s southwest border with Mexico a nearly impossible task. Immigration courts currently are facing a backlog of 600,000 removal cases. This prevents the quick removal of illegal border crossers, the White House wrote in proposal documents obtained by Breitbart Texas. “It takes an average of 682 days to complete a single immigration case,” officials wrote.
To combat this problem, President Trump is proposing the hiring of 370 new immigration judges and 1,000 new attorneys within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The attorneys would focus on removal proceedings in the newly created immigration courts.
The proposal also includes provisions to expand and strengthen the expedited removal process to cover the numbers of illegal immigrants who can simply be returned upon apprehension near the border. Additionally, the plan calls for a deterrent effort by creating stiffer penalties for illegal re-entry after removal and expanding the categories of those designated as “inadmissables.”
The president repeated his call for the long-promised border wall and reminded lawmakers that the authority to build enhanced border security fencing was passed by Congress in 2006. During the administration of then-President George W. Bush, Congress authorized the building of a double layer security fence, the White House reported. The funding for the construction of the fence was later removed. The president requested approval to allocate immigration fees to be used for “core law enforcement functions on both the northern and southern border.”
The White House reiterated its position that a “meaningful physical barrier” along the southern border is “vital to prevent infiltration by cartels, criminals, traffickers, and threats to public safety and national security.”
Breitbart Texas reported Sunday night about the president’s call to increase law enforcement efforts pertaining to Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC). Under the Obama Administration, the UACs were allowed to remain in the U.S. creating a huge magnet that led to massive numbers of UAC border apprehensions since 2014.
The proposal for addressing UACs would be to treat all unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. the same. It would require they be removed to their country of origin “so long as they are not victims of human trafficking and can be safely returned home or removed to safe third countries.”
“Anything that is done addressing the status of DACA recipients needs to include these three reforms and solve these three problems,” a senior White House official told The Washington Times. “If you don’t solve these problems then you’re not going to have a secure border, you’re not going to have a lawful immigration system and you’re not going to be able to protect American workers.”