Illegal immigration under the Trump administration has already surged back to Obama levels and is projected to surge to the highest level in a decade in 2019:
“Illegal immigration at the United States-Mexico border is expected to hit the highest level in a decade next year, as border-crossings surged to record levels last month.
Last month, illegal immigration at the southern border soared to the highest level for a single month since April 2014, marking the most southwest border crossings since President Trump was elected in 2016 on a platform to reduce immigration to the country.
The record illegal immigration outpaced projections from Princeton Researcher Steven Kopits, who expected about 31,575 border crossings last month. The actual border crossings exceeded those expectations by almost 40 percent.
The southwest border numbers, according to Kopits’ research, indicate that Fiscal Year 2019 will see the highest level of illegal immigration at the southern border in more than a decade.
In total, Kopits projects that there will be more than 600,000 border crossings next year — a level of illegal immigration that the country has not seen since Fiscal Year 2008 when total southwest border apprehensions exceeded 705,000. …
Last month’s illegal immigration totals at the southern border were so high that not since 2007 has the country seen this much illegal immigration in October. In October 2007, there were about 51,300 southwest border crossers. …
Despite claims by the Trump administration that they have effectively curbed illegal immigration, southwest border crossings are back at Obama-era levels. …”
I had a brief argument with a colleague about this before the midterms.
I pointed out that the first half of 2017 doesn’t tell us much about illegal immigration under the Trump administration because illegals believed his bullshit about enforcement for about six months. When the word got back to Mexico and Central America that Trump is all hat and no cattle, illegal immigration began to surge back in the second half of 2017 and returned to the Obama level in 2018.
Illegal immigration is now at the highest point since Trump took office. We’re on track to return to W. levels of illegal immigration too due to the economy and lack of enforcement.