Apparently, the message made its way across the border. When Donald Trump was elected the welcome mat disappeared. People who intended to cross America’s Southern border in order to become illegal immigrants had a change of heart and a change of mind.
The Daily Mail reports a precipitous drop in the number of illegal immigrants trying to enter the country:
The number of illegal immigrants attempting to enter the US by crossing the Rio Grande has fallen dramatically since President Trump took office.
In March this year, only 4,143 people were detained by Border Patrol Agents at the notorious river crossing as opposed to 15,579 who were caught in January before Trump was in full swing in the White House.
The sharp decline has been chalked down to the president's tough line on immigration.
Border Patrol agents said migrants were no longer willing to risk the dangerous journey and pay steep smuggler fees now that the chances of them being allowed to stay in the US are so slim.
The phenomenon at the Rio Grande crossing is not isolated. Only 12,193 people were arrested across the entire Southwest border in March, 50,000 fewer than in October.
It tells us that a president’s stated policy can act as a deterrent to criminal behavior. And it tells us that, in the absence of a real wall, the president’s words, along with increased enforcement efforts by DHS, function as a virtual wall.