BORDER RESIDENTS: FEWER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AFTER TRUMP TOOK OFFICE

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A woman who lives on the United States-Mexico border maintains that she has witnessed a significant decrease in the number of illegal aliens crossing over her property in south Texas after Donald Trump was elected president in November.

According to Pamela Taylor – who lives on the southern U.S. border near Brownsville, Texas – the new commander-in-chief’s bold promises, proclamations and policies to counter illegal immigration have had a direct impact to reduce the amount of border crossings from Mexico into America via her land.

However, the 90-year-old Taylor has not been keen about erecting an imposing obstruction between the two countries, as CNN Tonight Host Tom Lemon revisited a video recording of the longtime Texas resident showing her criticizing an existing part of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“That’s been the conventional wisdom from a lot of people – that if you have a 20-foot wall, that there’s a 21-foot ladder that can help them get over it,” he recounted after viewing Taylor’s video with her. “But your house is right there on the border – you can actually watch undocumented immigrants cross into the country from your home.”

Something must be working …

Lemon then cited statistics showing that Trump’s tough line on immigration is already showing dividends.

“According to just-released Customs and Border Protection numbers, illegal southwest border crossings were down by 40 percent last month,” the host informed Taylor before asking whether she witnessed the trend firsthand. “Have you noticed a difference?”

The Texan then confirmed in her answer that she is now a believer in the measures Trump is taking to secure the southern border.

“I believe President Trump is making a difference already,” Taylor responded to the CNN host.

Lemon proceeded by requesting her to pinpoint what she believed was responsible for the drop in illegal crossings.

“Why do you think fewer people are coming over?” he inquired, “You said you’re seeing fewer people coming over … tell us about that.”

The Texas citizen said the difference is like night and day – describing it as an outpouring versus a trickle.

“Basically, it was a constant flow of people coming over – not ones and twos, but by twenties and thirties,” Taylor asserted. “Now, we actually get a good night’s sleep every once in a while – we don’t have any interference. Of course, I can’t speak for the Border Patrol. They probably are picking people up, but in such large quantities.”

Standing on the wall

Lemon then brought up the wall again.

“You say that you’ve had the wall … this wall has been at your house for a number of years – almost 10 years at your house – and you said nothing has changed,” he recalled before posing another question. “Although you support the president, you think the idea of a wall is a silly idea?”

Taylor then presented her take on the existing wall, as she lives along a portion of the border that has been protected by a tangible structure for a decade – unlike 1,300 miles of the nearly 2,000-mile border that has no wall or fence demarcating the U.S. and Mexico from Texas’ Gulf Coast to the Pacific Ocean of Southern California.

“If this wall that we have now – which has been there since basically ’07 – and all the millions of illegal immigrants that are in America now … evidently the wall didn’t work,” she contended.

Lemon pressed even further on the controversial issue of Trump’s proposed border wall, which the president recently stated would begin construction in just a few months.

“So even with border crossings plummeting … for whatever reason – whether it is the president, or the economy’s doing better in Mexico, whatever the reason it is – do you think there’s less reason for a wall and do you still think we need more Border Patrol agents at this point?” he asked.

The border resident then shared her mixed emotions about the different aspects of Trump’s immigration policy.

“Yes, we definitely need more Border Patrol agents, but I cannot see personally … my idea is that we do not need a fence – it’s not working,” Lemon shot back. “We could use that money for education – for everything. We have veterans right now that are living under bridges – that are walking the streets and begging. We have people that have worked so hard to have homes, and they can’t afford the mortgage. I mean, we need to start thinking about America first.”

Even though Taylor stands firmly against illegal immigration and is a strong supporter of greater border patrol enforcement, she shared her desire to provide humanitarian aid to needy illegal aliens who already made it across the border.

Home invasion

Just before Trump’s inauguration in January, Taylor shared how illegal immigrants had invaded her beautiful home on the southern Texas border on a regular basis – during all times of the day and night.

“It’s a way of life now,” Taylor explained to Fox News earlier this year. “They come every day.”

Despite being used to illegals crossing her property day in and day out for many years, she recalled one incident that truly caught her by surprise.

“Taylor, whose property is on the front line of the border battle, says illegal immigrants have been using her land to sneak into the U.S. for years,” TheBlaze reported. “One day – the 90-year-old grandmother recalled – she even walked into her living room to find a border crosser trying to evade capture.”

She was horrified to see how the out-of-control situation at the border had literally turned into a home invasion.

“He had come into my house and was just sitting in my rocking chair watching Border Patrol go by,” the elderly lady recounted. “It was terrifying.”

The sheer drop of illegal immigration from former President Barack Obama’s time in office to the onset of the Trump administration is a huge indication that the new president’s hardline stance on border control is already paying off.

“The relief that Taylor is describing from illegal immigrant crossings is a reflection of an enormous drop in illegal immigration reported by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency,” TheBlaze’s Carlos Garcia pointed out. “They report an precipitous decrease of 40 percent from January to February – calling it an ‘unprecedented’ occurrence. While many factors might have led to this drop, Trump’s deportation rhetoric is being cited as a likely cause.”

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