Fox News reports that in 2017, the number of undocumented persons trying to migrate to the US dropped to its lowest level in four decades. In fact, border crossing decreased by an estimated 24 percent, according to reports released in December 2017.
In 2018, President Trump hopes to build on those numbers by carrying out an executive order to hire and implement 5,000 new border agents. Current policy, put into place by Congress, requires that a total of 21,370 agents be placed, but in practice, a total of only 19,500 are on the job.
Brandon Judd, the president of the national border patrol council, has remarked that 2018 will be a year of more intense border security for President Trump.
"From a border security perspective, 2018 is shaping up to be a great year," Judd said, according to Fox News. "And it's shaping up to be a great year simply because we had a businessman elected as a president who came in and did something that most people think was going to take two to three years."
Judd hopes that construction on Trump's promised border wall will soon begin, claiming that he believes that a border wall will drastically reduce illegal crossings across the border. However, Trump has not indicated a precise plan regarding how and when, or even whether he will, begin to implement the border wall. Nevertheless, Trump does insist that he will fulfill his campaign promise.
According to CNS News, Democrats have made DACA legislation a priority for 2018, but in a tweet on December 29, President Trump claimed that there will be no legal status for undocumented persons unless he can get congressional funding for his long-promised border wall.
"The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc. We must protect our Country at all cost!" Trump tweeted last Friday.
CNS further writes that on Tuesday, during Trump's first working morning of 2018, he claimed that the Democrats will lose the support of "activists and Hispanics," who he claims will soon start "falling in love" with Republicans and their president.
"We are about RESULTS," said Trump.
It appears that a battle over the border wall will likely be on Trump's agenda for 2018. In particular, it is likely that Trump uses the fight over DACA to push through a certain degree of funding for increased security along the southern border.
Senator Lindsey Graham claims that there can be a "deal" on DACA.
According to Graham, "The dreamers can have the life they dreamed of if the Democrats and Republicans can give. We need the wall, not a complete 2,200-mile wall. We need border security. Marry that up with the DREAM Act. There's a deal to be had on immigration. And I want to do it in January. I don`t want to wait until March."
Newsweek claims that whether Trump will go along with Trump's DACA-Wall deal is still up in the air. In fact, many Republicans have even indicated that they might join hands with their Democrat colleagues and refuse Trump funding for the border wall.
"Fewer than 25% of Republicans are willing to stand up for the plan," claims Newsweek. "Among the rest, three Republicans said they oppose the money, several evaded a direct answer, and the rest simply refused to respond to the question."
No matter what, 2018 will be a very important year for President Trump, and since the border wall was his main campaign promise, it will certainly be an issue of national attention.
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