President Trump has marketed his border wall as an anti-narco measure. The wall was a bipartisan project, created over time by both Republicans and Democrats to reassure a frightened electorate.
Now sneaking across the U.S. border from Mexico is tougher than ever before. It's not perfect but the U.S. agents are catching or stopping the majority of those who attempt to do so. The report, published last week by the agency’s Office of Immigration Statistics, estimates that 55 to 85 % of attempted illegal border crossings are unsuccessful, up from 35 to 70 percent a decade ago. In one telling sign of the difficulty, the number of illegal migrants and deportees who make repeated attempts to get in has also fallen dramatically.
Although the arrests along the Mexico border fell to historic lows during the Trump presidency there are still those who enter USA illegally. Police on Long Island, New York, arrested five MS-13 gang members and associates at gunpoint on Dec. 6. The five are charged with conspiracy in the second degree after allegedly trying to abduct and murder a 16-year-old male. All five are illegal aliens from El Salvador, with three of them having entered the United States as unaccompanied minors, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.
In September 2016, two teenage girls from Brentwood High School were murdered with baseball bats and machetes by MS-13 members.