Although no physical wall has been put in place during the current Trump Administration, there has been a sharp decrease in immigration across the United State's southern border. Less than a year into his presidency, Donald Trump made swift changes to how immigration policy is approached, curtailing illegal crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border and sending a chill throughout Central America.
This administration has ramped up round-ups of undocumented immigrants regardless of age or criminal history, expanded detention space and stepped up workplace raids. Officials have also restricted the number of refugees allowed into the country while pushing to speed the deportation cases of hundreds of thousands of immigrants awaiting legal decisions.
Nevertheless, since his January inauguration, apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border have dipped, according to the most recent data from Customs and Border Protection. Agents apprehended 31,582 undocumented immigrants at the border in January, compared to 22,293 in August, the latest available data. April saw the year’s low, with just 11,125 apprehensions.
OUR VERDICT: Trump's rhetoric and swift action has created a pseudo border wall. It has deterred people from entering the U.S. and further more focused its efforts on stringent control inside the border. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how funding for a possible border wall will take form.