The president took to Twitter late this Sunday evening to address the progress on one of his biggest campaign season promises; namely, that to reduce illegal immigration from Mexico.
Trump, of course, has proposed and now taken serious steps towards constructing a wall along the entire border between the United States and Mexico. The wall is a joke in terms of actually stopping illegal immigration, but it suits his purposes of making much ado about nothing, nonetheless.
On the subject of the wall and illegal immigration, Trump wrote the following on Twitter late Sunday evening: “General Kelly is doing a great job at the border. Numbers are way down. Many are not even trying to come in anymore.”
General Kelly is doing a great job at the border. Numbers are way down. Many are not even trying to come in anymore.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2017
General John Kelly is the sitting United States Secretary of Homeland Security.
Here’s the problem with Trump’s tweet, however: in characteristic form, he presents absolutely no evidence.
He says that his administration is doing a “great job at the border.”
Does he have anything more specific beyond this point? Nope.
Is anyone surprised? Nope.
Illegal immigration from Mexico was actually first documented to be on the decline in 2015, when President Barack Obama was still in the White House.
As the Washington Post reported in 2015, “[I]llegal immigration flows have fallen to their lowest level in at least two decades.”
Not only has illegal immigration long been on the decline, but the overall population of Mexican immigrants was also documented to be in decline in 2015. The Pew Research Center reported at the time that there was a net loss of 140,000 in the Mexican immigrant community in the United States from 2009 through 2014. Pew noted that “family reunification was the main reason for the decline in the Mexican immigrant population.
Thus, what Trump is doing here is taking credit for something that he didn’t do, yet again. Trump has done this in the context of the economy on a number of occasions, claiming that economic growth that started during the Obama era was somehow magically his doing. (It wasn’t. It was Obama’s doing.) He’s also claimed credit for the investment decisions of specific businesses that had nothing to do with him.
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