Trump gets high mark on immigration

Friday, January 12, 2018
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Border Patrol stationAn immigration reduction advocate says thus far it's been a "pretty successful" presidency for Donald Trump.

In Trump's first year in office, border crossings overall have been down, he has given the Border Patrol the ability to do its job – and then there is DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which Trump decided to end. That issue is now front and center on Capitol Hill as Democrats want it made law without conditions, but the president wants his border wall and other enforcement policies put in place.

Roy Beck is founder and president of Numbers USA, which regularly gives grades to members of Congress and congressional candidates on their positions on border enforcement.

"We don't keep grade cards on the presidents – we grade them whenever they're running for office," he begins, "but I would say at this point he would be between a B and a B+."

An important ingredient is missing to attain a higher grade, he says.

Beck, Roy (Numbers USA)"I don't think we can give somebody an A- or any kind of an A unless they have some congressional victories – and they've not had that yet," he points out. "But overall it's been a pretty successful presidency on the immigration front."

According to Beck, there's little doubt what grade Hillary Clinton would be getting if she had been elected president.

"[When she was campaigning], she was in favor of Border Patrols – but she was not in favor of any other form of immigration enforcement," he recalls. "And she was in favor of increased immigration. So it's difficult to imagine that at this point that she would not be earning an F- grade, and that's what she was as a candidate."

Beck says if Clinton had won several of those closely contested states in November 2016, America would have an entirely different immigration system today.

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