Is President Trump winning on illegal immigration?
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Is President Trump winning on illegal immigration?

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Arrests along the Mexican border have dropped to their lowest point since 1971. The president's supporters credit this to the Trump's hardline stance on illegal immigration and focus on border security. But critics note illegal immigration has been on a steady decline since the Obama years—long before Trump ever ran for president—and Trump should hardly be applauded for fear mongering. What do you think?

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Homeland Security released statistics which found the number of people arrested for trying to illegally cross the Mexican border had fallen to its lowest level in 46 years. While there has been a drop in those crossing the border, there is an increasing number of undocumented immigrants who currently reside in the U.S. taken into custody, especially those facing "no criminal charges."

During the government’s 2017 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, U.S. border agents made 310,531 arrests, a decline of 24 percent from the previous year and the fewest overall since 1971.
The figures show a sharp drop in arrests immediately following President Trump’s election win, possibly reflecting the deterrent effect of his rhetoric on would-be border crossers, though starting in May the number of people taken into custody began increasing again.

Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Elaine Duke has specifically credited President Trump as being responsible for the drop, by supporting the efforts of DHS personnel to do their jobs and encouraging officials to enforce the law.

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But a piece in The New York Times by Linda Qiu and Alicia Parlapiano shows that while illegal border crossing has decreased under Trump, it has been steadily declining for years, and Trump exaggerates the numbers attributed to him.

The Los Angeles Times also notes that while fewer people may have been caught at the border, this is in part due to the crackdown on immigrants already in the country. Borders arrests are down, but arrests inside the country have surged by 40 percent.

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And The Washington Post argues Trump's attack on immigration is anti-America in principle, and Trump's fear mongering should hardly be looked at as a win.

Mr. Trump has poisoned the debate on immigration so thoroughly that he has twisted the frame through which many Americans see the issue. His slurs — labeling Mexican immigrants as rapists and Muslim immigrants as terrorists — form the context from which the administration’s policies arise. They are affronts to U.S. tradition and values.
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