After a weekend where President Trump reportedly consulted with some high-profile supporters who warned him that he may be in danger of losing his base on the issue of illegal immigration, a new Trump administration emerged this week, determined to tackle this problem with renewed vigor. From a new tone on Twitter from the president himself to a new policy from the Department of Justice to coerced cooperation from the Mexican government, illegal immigration is once again the top priority of the administration…and perhaps not a second too soon.
According to Fox News, administration officials confirmed on Monday that a new policy would be put in place for federal immigration judges, holding them to quotas so that deportation cases can be sped through the system in a more efficient manner. “These performance metrics are designed to increase productivity and efficiency in the system without compromising due process,” a DOJ official told reporters.
That evening, the president took to Twitter to lambast the system for failing to speed up deportations and protect the border.
“As ridiculous as it sounds,” he wrote, “the laws of our country do not easily allow us to send those crossing our Southern Border back where they came from. A whole big wasted procedure must take place. Mexico & Canada have tough immigration laws, whereas ours are an Obama joke. ACT CONGRESS”
The time to put pressure on immigration courts has never been greater. Thanks to Trump’s decision to take the handcuffs off Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, deportation arrests have gone through the roof. This has caused a serious clog in the court machinery; according to the Washington Post, there are more than 650,000 cases waiting to be heard in the overcrowded, too-slow immigration courtrooms. The quotas, which will be enforced on October 1, will be a huge step towards clearing that backlog and getting illegal immigrants back to their home countries.
Of course, that’s really only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what is needed. We need Congress to pass new laws that allow Border Patrol officers to authorize the immediate rejection of illegal immigrants who come into the United States. No more of this catch and release nonsense that allows these immigrants to escape into the shadows forever. We need laws clamping down, too, on ridiculous avenues of getting to this country such as chain migration and the diversity lottery. And yes, we need a damn wall.
But from all appearances, Trump is quickly shedding his Cabinet and the White House of deadweight Democrats who are desperate to get him to act like every other president. This is about to be his ballgame entirely, and we have a feeling that we have not seen the best of President Trump yet. Not by a long shot.