Last Friday Mr. Trump made a visit to Long Island to revive a signature theme of his campaign. Thus, he asked Congress to authorize to hire 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and more immigration judges to put more accent on deportation of illegal immigrants. He is also concerned about the deportation of Central Americans who enter the United States illegally.
Moreover, he demanded cancellation of federal grant money to so-called sanctuary cities that do not provide any help to federal authorities in detaining undocumented immigrants.
It is evident, that the Trump administration has focused on illegal immigration. The numbers have already proved that: last month, 21,659 smugglers were caught, compared with 45,722 in June 2016, a 53 percent less.
To decrease unauthorized immigration, appeared the wall along the border with Mexico, thousands of agents were hired to Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, deporting thousands of undocumented migrants.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s budget would increase to nearly 30 percent more. This money directed to detention centers, deportation officers and transportation of unauthorized immigrants back to their home countries.
Everyone remembers, that illegal immigration was the centerpiece of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign. Security experts state they are more disturbed with the number of other threats like domestic terrorists and attacks from political extremists and cyberattacks against the nation’s election systems and this is something that the Department of Homeland Security must pay attention to.
“It’s all immigration, it’s the wall and its enforcement,” said Juliette Kayyem, a Homeland Security official in the Obama administration. “Nothing about FEMA or cyber or counterintelligence,” she added, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “Just immigration all the time.”
Homeland Security representatives disclaim the idea that the administration is focused on immigration too much. Officials noted that Mr. Trump signed an executive order on cybersecurity and has plans to add money and staff to the agency’s cybersecurity efforts.