Speaking at John Jay College, Gurbir Grewal charged that President Donald Trump’s distortion of crime statistics—particularly on crime allegedly committed by undocumented immigrants—is used to fit a “nationalist agenda” and undermines public safety.
While President Trump has focused attention on his proposed border wall, the number of undocumented residents from Mexico decreased by nearly 400,000 from 2016 to 2017, reports the Center for Migration Studies. From 2010 to 2017, the undocumented population from Mexico fell by what the center calls a remarkable 1.3 million.
After the death of a second migrant child in federal custody at the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it will conduct health checks of all children in its “care and custody,” focusing on those under 10.
The White House budget proposal to Congress for the next fiscal year includes a large sum aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic and an even-larger amount for border security and immigration enforcement, including the southern border wall.
The White House proposal, presented by the Department of Homeland Security to a group of senators, provides the most detail so far of Trump’s plans to build a “big, beautiful wall.” Part of a $33 bilion plan for border security, including technology, personnel, and roads, it would cover nearly half of the southwest border.
Rob Krentz, a prominent Arizona rancher, was found shot to death 30 miles from the Mexican border in 2010, and the case was used to justify the state’s harsh immigration laws. But seven years later, it is far from certain that his killer was in the U.S. illegally.
A new US government report on lesser-used drug trafficking techniques such as tunnels and ultralight aircraft further undermines claims that building a border wall will halt the flow of illegal drugs into the country.
The 15,000 new agents sought by the President would cost $1.38 billion to $1.48 billion annually. “What is the evidence that this is going to make the difference that you want to make? (That is what) is missing right now,” says Ryan Alexander of Taxpayers for Common Sense.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an anti-immigration Trump adviser, says discussions are underway about a congressional work-around for rapid wall-building. He said Trump’s policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.