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A ‘free ticket’ into America?

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The White House • April 1, 2019

A ‘free ticket’ into America?

“We are truly in a crisis,” former President Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said over the weekend.

The first thing Johnson would look at each morning on the job, he explained, were the previous day’s border apprehension numbers. “I know that a thousand [apprehensions] overwhelms the system. I cannot begin to imagine what 4,000 a day looks like,” he said.
That staggering figure is quickly becoming reality. Last month, U.S. immigration officers apprehended more than 75,000 individuals—the highest number in more than a decade. Now, the total is closing in on 100,000 migrants per month.

Illegal immigration is a problem Washington has ignored for decades. The crisis America faces today, however, is categorically different than any of its past versions.

“Compared to past flows, these migrants are arriving in enormous groups unlike any we’ve seen before,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen writes today. “In most years, only one or two ‘large groups’ of more than 100 migrants would arrive at our borders. Already in this fiscal year, we’ve seen more than 100 such large groups.”

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board explains the problem clearly. Our “broken asylum system all but guarantees entry if you bring children,” they write. Smugglers know this loophole well, and it doesn't take a law enforcement expert to understand the dire humanitarian and security consequences that such a law invites.  

While Congressional Democrats remain in denial, U.S. border officials “have identified 2,400 ‘false families’ over the last year as smugglers pair adults with unrelated children,” the Journal reports.

Secretary Nielsen warns that America’s immigration system was not designed to handle this influx of vulnerable populations. Because of outdated laws and troubling court decisions, the majority of those who break our immigration laws will never be removed from the United States—no matter how hard our border agents work at their jobs.

“The system is breaking,” she says. “As a nation, we cannot stand for this.”

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April is “Second Chance Month,” and President Trump is using the occasion to celebrate a monumental achievement in reforming America’s criminal justice system.

“Americans have always believed in the power of redemption,” the President writes in his Proclamation. “Almost all of the more than two million people in America’s prisons will one day return to their communities. In each case, they will have served their sentence and earned the chance to take their places back in society.”

The First Step Act, which President Trump signed in December, is helping both inmates and former prisoners alike through rehabilitative programs, fair sentencing, and smarter confinement rules. The President’s 2020 Budget proposes more than $500 million in programs to help prisoners succeed in society after their release, as well.

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Official White House Photo by Keegan Barber
On January 3, 2019, Matthew Charles became the first prisoner released as a result of President Trump’s First Step Act.

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