Melania Just Fired Them ALL! ‘That Is Not Acceptable Here – I Won’t Allow It!’

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First lady Melania Trump just sent them packing! She released multiple people from their positions as she would not allow taxpayers to be ripped off for jobs that were simply not needed – quite contrary to the former first lady, Michelle Obama. While Melania Trump takes on bigger roles and a more active schedule, she has proven herself to spend a lot less than what Obama did. This news comes about as Melania Trump runs one of the lightest East Wings in recent history.

Michelle Obama was reported to have 16 people working under her, being paid a combined $1.24 million. Melania Trump’s staff is only four people who earn a combined $486,700, much less in comparison to Obama. Knowing that Melania Trump refuses to hire 12 extra people to do jobs that can be handled by herself and four others is a wonderful bit of information as it reduces wasteful spending of the taxpayer money.

Not carrying the extra staff for jobs that can be handled by fewer people is a step in the right direction towards reducing the amount of money spent by the administration and shows that Melania cares to be mindful in her position as the first lady. That’s an enjoyable quality for a first lady to have as it spreads a message about being responsible and not overspending.

Fox News reported more on Melania’s smaller staff: “The details are contained in an annual report the White House sends to Congress showing the names, positions and salaries of all its personnel. Both the Obama and Trump administrations acknowledged several additional staffers beyond those listed in the report with the term “first lady” in their titles. But even counting all those employees — 24 for Michelle Obama and nine for the current first lady — Melania Trump’s office is relatively small.

It’s an approach her spokeswoman says is intentional.

“As with all things that she does, she is being very deliberate in her hiring, focusing on quality over quantity,” communications director Stephanie Grisham said in an email. “It is important to her that the team is a good fit for what she wants to accomplish as first lady, and that everyone works well together. She also wants to be mindful and responsible when it comes to taxpayer money.”

While the 2009 annual report listed 16 staffers for Michelle Obama, her press secretary said at the time the staff actually included 24 people. A 2009 story said Obama’s 24 aides might have broken records.

“That may indeed be the largest of any first lady, but Hillary Clinton, with 19 staffers, and Laura Bush with at least 18 and perhaps more, weren’t far behind,” said.

Grisham told Fox News this week there are nine people working in the East Wing under Melania Trump, a few more than listed in the annual report.

According to those personnel reports, Melania Trump’s staffers include a chief of staff, a communications director, a deputy chief of staff and a deputy director of advance.

Michelle Obama’s staff included those same positions and a slew of others: additional press aides, a director of policy and projects, a personal aide, a traveling aide and a director of correspondence.

Michelle Obama’s office did not return a request for comment.”

Melania and Donald Trump will surely be criticized for this one way or another. The critics will say that Melania fired people instead of being resourceful and saving money for the White House and their Presidency. While every President and first lady face critics, there has surely been an insufferable and increased amount of criticism has been levied towards the Trump family, with even Barron facing his own fierce barrage of harsh commentary from spiteful people who dislike the Trump family living in the White House.

Donald and Melania work through the criticism, doing things to make many Americans in hopes that they’re constantly doing right by the citizens. They will always face criticism from those who oppose their leadership, even though Trump won the Presidency in a fair election well over one year ago.

What do you think of Melania having a smaller staff? Is she saving money for taxpayers? Is it a smart move for her to be more resourceful in her spending?

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Martin Luther King Jr’s Nephew Says Trump Is A ‘Genius’, CNN Anchor Has Priceless Response

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Martin Luther King Jr’s nephew genius talked to a major CNN host about President Donald Trump and it didn’t turn out the way that CNN may have hoped. The host, Don Lemon, a highly criticized anti-Trumper, was talking with Isaac Newton Farris, Jr and the interview went the way of a Conservative rather than going in the direction of a liberal. It could’ve been a well-balanced interview, but once Don Lemon appeared to begin talking about President Donald Trump as a racist, that’s when it went wrong for Lemon. In fact, it became nearly comical and flooded with denial and self-pity after Lemon had to fold and feed into what Farris was happily saying, especially the part where he touted Trump as a genius.

Watching Lemon face defeat under the wrath of Farris, a relative of a great civil rights icon, was a splendid touch of reality for those watching CNN that day. If people missed it, then no worries because it was posted on social media and YouTube.

Watch the video of CNN’s Don Lemon and Martin Luther King Jr’s nephew, Isaac Newton Farris Jr, which includes commentary by Mark Dice:

This website provided the following information on the fiasco between Farris and Lemon: “Now that the “Russian collusion” accusation seems to have failed to bring down President Trump, the media seems to be pivoting right back to their accusation that Trump is a “racist,” especially after a recent meeting where he was accused of referring to some third world countries as “sh**holes.”

After Trump was accused — so far without any corroborating proof — of using the “sh**hole” comment in a closed-door meeting, Lemon had MLK nephew, Isaac Newton Farris, Jr., on the air to talk about MLK’s legacy. Naturally, as an overtly left-wing operative, Lemon also pressed Mr. Ferris on Trump. And when Farris refused to call Trump a racist, Lemon badgered him for the entire segment.

After Lemon brought the president into the conversation, Ferris told the CNNer that he doesn’t think Trump is a racist. “The President, I do not think, is a racist,” Ferris said to Lemon’s astonishment.

The MLK relative added that if Trump did use the word, it was more out of ignorance as opposed to racism.

Almost immediately, the liberal CNN host began to lose his cookies. Lemon quickly jumped to a list of Democrat talking points meant to paint Trump as a “racist.” Lemon’s list included Trump’s campaign claim that some illegals are criminals. Lemon also slammed Trump as a “racist” for calling fake Native American Indian Senator Elizabeth Warren by the name “Pocahontas.”

… Now, before we go on with CNN’s meltdown, it should be noted that Trump was right about the criminals coming here. A new report found that the so-called DREAMERs have crime rates at double that of American-born youngsters. So, yeah, these foreign nations are sending their rapists and criminals here.

Anyway, Lemon went on, according to Mediaite:

“Just because the president is not aware of his racism doesn’t make him not a racist. It makes him ignorant of the fact that he is racist. To be honest, it is tough to sit here and call President of the United States a liar. It is tough to sit here and call the President of the United States a racist, but you have to do that as a journalist. And guess what? You do it because you realize the person who is in that position has less respect for the office than you do, because if he respected the office and if he respected all of America and all of American people then he would listen to the majority of black people and brown people in this country who are trying to educate him and tell him he is exhibiting racist behavior. he’s not listening. he keeps doubling down on it.”

The constant badgering by CNN contributes to the division that splits people apart on major issues. The mainstream media that insists on going after the President for incidents that have no merit, nor are fact-based, provide the viewers with lackadaisical information. CNN could focus on the positive news, accomplishments, and the aspects of Trump’s presidency that have provided the nation with positivity

There have been numerous accomplishments by Trump’s time in the White House and Americans should focus on that while providing constructive criticism to help him do an even greater job. Everything from tax cuts, peace between Korea’s, stock market surges, and more. Trump is doing the best he can with the support that he has – despite all the people going after him and trying to halt his progress.

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Just In: Trump Goes Nuclear on Rebellious California

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California is more or less in open rebellion against the federal government.

And reports out of the “Golden State” indicate that Trump is about to hit back, hard.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf told local media that Trump had ordered the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to conduct a massive sweep of the San Francisco Bay area.

Schaaf, as mayor of one of California’s rebellious “sanctuary” cities, insisted she was releasing this information to “protect” people.

Not citizens, not legal resident of California, but the millions of people who entered this country illegally.

Criminals. She’s snitching on the government to protect criminals.

Like most other cities in the state, Oakland has forbidden local police officers from cooperating with ICE.

That, according to Jessica Vaughn of the Center for Immigration Studies, should be enough for Trump to not only prosecute city officials like Schaaf, but to also drastically cut federal funding of law enforcement in California.

“Why should a jurisdiction get taxpayer money for law enforcement when they’re stiffing one of the biggest law enforcement agencies of the federal government?” she asked in remarks to Breitbart. “They shouldn’t. There needs to be some consequence for having a sanctuary policy.”

WATCH: Trump Breaks From Script, Asks Veterans Just One Question That Sends Room Into Applause

President Donald Trump broke script on Thursday while speaking to a group of veterans, and asked one question that sent the entire room into applause.

During his address at the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride at the White House, Trump shifted from his scripted speech to praise the fortitude and courage of America’s service members.

Throughout his speech, the president praised and thanked America’s military and their families for making the ultimate sacrifice to protect the nation.

In his signature style, Trump suddenly went off-script to showcase his personal feelings.

Have you ever given in? Anybody here? I don’t think soThis is not a stage of those that gave in,” he said while turning toward the veterans standing behind him.

The room erupted into applause.

Trump said the heroes behind him “don’t know what those words mean,” saying, “They are winners.”

Watch below:

He also addressed the diversity of America showcased by the military, and that the veterans on the stage with him were an inspiration to all Americans.

“The heroes in this room today come from every background and every, single walk of life,” Trump said. “But they are united by the sacred bonds of duty and loyalty that hold us together as one nation under God.”

“Each of you has endured life-changing injuries. Each of you has conquered adversity with resolve. Never giving in, never giving up, and never ever backing down,” he declared.

This is a classic Trump moment. He breaks from his scripted speech to praise our heroes in uniform and give them the respect they have earned.


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House panel’s Russia report finds ‘no evidence’ of collusion, Trump says probe ‘MUST END NOW’

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The House Intelligence Committee on Friday declared that it found “no evidence” of collusion between the Russian government and Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, releasing a heavily redacted final report on its yearlong Russia investigation.

The Republican-authored report — released over Democratic objections — stated the committee “found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government.” The committee did, however, “find poor judgment and ill-considered actions by the Trump and Clinton campaign.”

President Trump, reacting to the report moments after its release, hailed its findings and said the Russia “Witch Hunt” must end, in an apparent swipe at Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation.


“Just Out: House Intelligence Committee Report released. ‘No evidence’ that the Trump Campaign “colluded, coordinated or conspired with Russia.’ Clinton Campaign paid for Opposition Research obtained from Russia-Wow! A total Witch Hunt! MUST END NOW!” Trump tweeted.

The more than 250-page report was heavily blacked out, however, and the leader of the committee investigation slammed the intelligence community for their “overzealous redactions.”

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“I am extremely disappointed with the overzealous redactions made by the IC. Many of the redactions include information that is publicly available, such as witness names and information previously declassified,” Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, complained in a statement Friday.

“I will continue to challenge the IC’s many unnecessary redactions with the hopes of releasing more of the report in the coming months.”

The committee’s investigation focused on several topics: Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the U.S. government’s response to the attack, links between Russians and the Trump and Clinton campaigns, and purported leaks of classified information.

The investigation found that Russia’s “increasingly aggressive cyber operations” would “continue to present a profound threat,” while noting that Russian state actors were responsible for the “dissemination of documents and communications stolen from U.S. political organizations.”

The report said the Russian government used media company “RT to advance its malign influence campaign” during the 2016 election, along with social media platforms to “sow social discord and to undermine the electoral process.”

But the committee found “no evidence that Trump campaign associates were involved in the theft or publication of Clinton campaign-related emails, although Trump associates had numerous ill-advised contacts with WikiLeaks.”

Fla. Rep. Matt Gaetz is introducing a bill in Congress that would increase oversight of FISA courts by making judges subject to presidential appointment and Senate confirmation. Schiff introduced the same bill five years ago and now won't support it. What changed? #Tucker

The report also criticized the executive branch’s “post-election response,” calling it “insufficient.”

The committee outlined “poor judgment” practiced by both campaigns, citing the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between members of the Trump campaign and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya “who falsely purported to have damaging information on the Clinton campaign demonstrated poor judgment.”

“The Committee also found that the Clinton campaign and the DNC, using a series of cutouts and intermediaries to obscure their roles, paid for opposition research on Trump obtained from Russian sources, including a litany of claims by high-ranking current and former Russian government officials,” the report read. “Some of this opposition research was used to produce sixteen memos, which comprise what has become known as the Steele dossier.”

The committee also focused on leaks of classified information, noting that the number of leaks regarding Russian intentions to “help elect candidate Trump increased dramatically after the election day.”

“Continued leaks of classified information have damaged national security and potentially endangered lives,” the report read.

The committee also found that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper provided “inconsistent testimony to the committee about his contacts with the media, including CNN.” Clapper is now a CNN national security analyst. It is unclear at this point what information Clapper discussed with media outlets.

The report includes more than 25 recommendations for Congress and the executive branch to improve election security, U.S. government response to cyberattacks, campaign finance transparency, and counterintelligence practices related to political campaigns and unauthorized disclosures.

The release of the full report comes after committee leaders announced key findings last month, prompting a war of words between Republican and Democratic members. The GOP majority at the time reported finding no evidence of collusion between Russia and Trump campaign associates. They also said that based on the investigation, the controversial anti-Trump dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele “formed an essential part of an application” to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain electronic surveillance on Trump adviser Carter Page.

Conaway took over the probe when House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., stepped down in April 2017 after he was accused of making “unauthorized disclosures of classified information, in violation of House Rules, law regulations, or other standards of conduct.”

But the top committee Democrat blasted Republicans last month for “prematurely” shutting down the panel’s Russia probe and renewed that criticism on Friday.

“Notwithstanding the decision by the Majority to end its work and turn its attention to counter-investigations designed to serve the President’s interests, the Minority’s work on the Russia investigation continues,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a statement Friday. “We will continue our investigation using every means at our disposal; to do otherwise would ignore our responsibility to conduct meaningful oversight and insure that the Russians do not possess leverage over the President of the United States.”

Schiff and committee Democrats released their minority view report Friday, where Schiff said they “correct the record on a raft of misleading conclusions, insinuations, attempts to explain away inconvenient facts, and arguments meant to protect the President and his campaign found in the Republican report.”

Schiff also is seeking to publicly release the transcripts of interviews so the public can see the “evidence for themselves and judge accordingly,” noting that sharing the transcripts with Special Counsel Robert Mueller could “assist their efforts.”


What Trump’s Children Just Did Left Americans Speechless — Will You Still Support Them?

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Public figures like the president are highly scrutinized. But if you really want to know the character of a man, look to his children.

While everyone makes mistakes at one point or another in their lives, the children of a good man will overall behave in the manner in which they were raised.

As such, what President Trump’s children have been spotted doing of late says a LOT about the kind of man we elected as commander-in-chief.

For instance, it was reported that Eric Trump and his wife, Lara, recently donated a whopping $20 million to help sick children.

The money went to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, where experts are researching cures to rare and current-incurable diseases.

When asked by reporters about the donation, Eric described St. Jude’s as a “national treasure.”

Eric is clearly moved while describing his first visit to the hospital, where he met a number of the sick children, whose families have been hoping and praying for benevolent people like the Trump family to finance the cures they need.

Nor is Eric the only one of the Trump children to behave in such a caring and honorable way.

We’ve witnessed similar philanthropy and simple kindness from Ivanka and Donald Jr. on numerous occasions.

And that says everything we need to know about the character of our president.

Four Republican Senators Stab Trump & The Constitution In The Back In Ultimate Betrayal

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller is officially on the radar of every single conservative in America… or so you would think. After his investigation into the allegations that President Trump colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential election turned into a full on “witch hunt” (as President Trump has stated), how could anyone defend the guy? Well, four Republican senators have just jumped ship and abandoned the Republican Party, Donald Trump, & The US Constitution, all to defend Mueller’s above the law witch hunt.

It has been more than a year since Mueller began his investigation into Trump, and exactly zero evidence of Trump colluding with Russia (whatever that even means, as ‘collusion’ is not even a crime) has been found or at least presented to the public. President Trump has even been told that he is not the subject of the investigation, and Mueller has been forced to stoop so low as to raid Trump’s personal lawyer’s office for things that have nothing to do with collusion at all. Mueller is clearly trying to take down President Trump any way he can. There is no way around it. It has become evident.

It would seem obvious that Congressional Republicans would uphold and defend the Constitution. You would think that they would be familiar with what the Constitution says. The Constitution allows Trump the right to fire Mueller. They should know that much. Clearly these four Republicans don’t care about the Constitution, as they have just voted to protect Mueller from Trump.  Passing such a bill would essentially put Mueller above the President of The United States, basically making him ‘King’ of America, unaccountable to the Executive.

BizPac Review reported that four Republican Senators sided with 10 Democrat senators to ensure that the proposal succeeds. Known anti-Trump Arizona Senator Jeff Flake was in on it along with GOP South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis, and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley.

With a 14-7 vote in favor, the measure passed. Dissensions came from GOP senators after the mainstream media hyped up the possibility of President Trump firing Mueller. President Trump has only ever stated, “We’ll see what happens” in reference to the possibility of firing Mueller. reports, “The seven Republicans who voted against the bill are: Sens. Orrin Hatch (Utah), Mike Lee (Utah), John Cornyn (Texas), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Ben Sasse (Neb.), Ted Cruz (Texas) and John Kennedy (La.). The bill is sponsored by Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Graham and Tillis, and would codify Department of Justice regulations that say only a senior DOJ official can fire Mueller or another special counsel, according to The Hill.”

Why doesn’t it surprise me that Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake are behind this?

It is so unlikely that Trump will fire Mueller in the first place. It’s just another headache that he doesn’t need to deal with.

From Fox News:

It would be unconstitutional for Congress to prevent President Trump from firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

I’m not saying that firing Mueller would be a wise move politically, nor am I urging the president to do so. That’s another issue.

But under the Constitution, it is beyond the power of Congress to limit or impose conditions on any president’s authority to remove a political appointee within the Justice Department or any other department in the executive branch.

It doesn’t matter if you feel that Trump is the best President ever or if you feel that he is the worst President ever, he still has the right to fire Mueller, according to the Constitution.

Mueller has gone far beyond the scope of the Trump/Russia investigation. He has begun to arbitrarily target people who align themselves with Trump. Graham, Flake, Tillis, and all the rest of the anti-Trump scum in Washington are set on enforcing their agenda, no matter if they have to subvert the Constitution to do so or not.


It’s Happening. Another Democrat Just Broke Party Lines, Big Win For Trump

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Senator Joe Manchin (D – W.Va) has broken with his party’s line and will be the second Democrat to vote to confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State.

Manchin tweeted, “After meeting with Mike Pompeo, discussing his foreign policy perspectives, & considering his distinguished time as CIA Director & his exemplary career in public service, I will vote to confirm Mike Pompeo to be our next Secretary of State.”

Pompeo likely has the votes to be confirmed, but Manchin’s vote is helpful considering Rand Paul will be voting “no.”

On Monday, President Trump called out the “Obstructionist” Democrats.

Trump tweeted, “Hard to believe Obstructionists May vote against Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State. The Dems will not approve hundreds of good people, including the Ambassador to Germany. They are maxing out the time on approval process for all, never happened before. Need more Republicans!”

It’s time for the Democrats to stop their crying and whining and jump on the Trump train!

Michelle Obama Gets Schooled By Melania When She Showed Up at U.S.-Japan State Dinner

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Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois has made himself a hero of the liberal left by spending the past 12 months doing nothing but “resisting” President Trump.

He’s even been arrested, TWICE, for publicly protesting. It seems to be all he’s good for these days.

Of course, to liberals, that makes Gutierrez a perfect candidate to field against Trump in the 2020 election.

Gutierrez gave Democratic voters a bit of a scare recently when he abruptly announced he’d be leaving Congress after 13 terms.

But, now, it appears that move is all part of his maneuvering to contest the White House.

Ironically, Gutierrez kicked off his tentative presidential campaign by declaring himself the candidate who’s going to do something about “guaranteeing regulations and rules about campaign financing.”

The problem there is that Gutierrez and his wife (who’s also his campaign manager and a political lobbyist) have been involved in some pretty shady maneuvering when it comes to campaign finances.

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.), who announced last week that he will not seek reelection after spending 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, will no longer be able to pay his wife hundreds of thousands of dollars from campaign funds once he officially departs from Congress.

Soraida Gutierrez, his wife, has collected more than $430,000 from Gutierrez for Congress, Luis’s campaign committee, since 2010. Soraida is the top recipient of expenditures this year.

Soraida, who was a registered lobbyist in Illinois prior to appearing on the campaign’s payroll, has been listed as the campaign’s office manager, fundraiser, and treasurer for the past seven years.

Gutierrez’s campaign committee has reported $77,838.69 in operating expenditures from the beginning of January to the end of September. Soraida has received seven checks for $6,000 each—or $42,000 total—during this time, meaning that she has collected more than half of his campaign’s disbursements.

Trump Just Gave Homeland Security The Go Ahead In Urgent Order On Illegal Alien Caravans Coming To US

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Isn’t it awesome that we finally have a Republican President, who sits on the right side of the political spectrum, who actually keeps the promises he made during the campaign?

It has now been confirmed that President Donald Trump has ordered the Secretary of Homeland Security to stop any and all illegal immigrant caravan of people coming to cross into the United States from Mexico.

This order comes after reports were confirmed that caravans of Central American migrants bound for the United States are currently making their way here. The President and his administration have put pressure on the Mexican government to disband the caravans and use their own strict immigration laws to stop illegal arrivals to the U.S. A call which has for the most part gone unanswered.

The Daily Caller Reports:

“Secretary of Homeland Security Kirsten Nielsen has lamented a rise in illegal immigrant arrivals, recently noting “given the numbers we had last month, they just came out, 50,000 in April is the number that we interdicted or otherwise was inadmissible.”

With all this renewed talk about a new so-called DACA “Dreamer” program word of mouth got around and there has been a rise in illegal immigrant arrivals of late to the tune of around 50k last month alone. That’s a 200 percent increased from March 2017. But at the same time, the Secretary of Homeland Security Kirsten Nielsen also highlighted newly released numbers from Customs and Border Patrol which go one to illustrate that there has also been a 37 percent increase in the number of arrests at the border.

Why can’t people understand that just like Mexico, The U.S. is a sovereign nation? Mexico is allowed to have a brutal immigration policy, where prison is mandatory if you are caught living there illegally, but the U.S. can’t have the same laws? This is very hard to comprehend.

Why can’t we as a sovereign independent nation have the exact same immigration policies as a nation such as Mexico has? After all, if they have it the law can’t be racist or bigoted… right?

Here is more information on the new Illegal Immigration numbers via The Daily Caller:

“Arrests of illegal immigrants along the southwest border spiked in March, surging past levels seen under the last two years of former President Barack Obama’s administration.

Border agents arrested or turned away 50,308 people last month, up 37 percent compared to February, according to Customs and Border Protection figures released Wednesday.

The total number of potential immigrants arrested or deemed inadmissible in March was roughly three times higher than in the same month in 2017, when there were just 16,588 apprehensions.

Border arrests are used as a proxy for overall levels of illegal immigration. The idea is, assuming a given standard of border security, more apprehensions mean more illegal aliens are slipping undetected into the U.S., and vice versa.

Illegal immigration across the southwest border tumbled to historic lows last spring but ticked up in nearly every month after that. Since April, the only month-to-month decline in border apprehensions occurred in January, according to CBP data.

Border arrests often climb in the spring months, as warmer weather and the prospect of seasonal employment entice illegal immigrants. But the particularly dramatic increase in border apprehensions and crossings in March means illegal immigration is likely at higher levels than it was in the same month in 2015 and 2016. It also indicates the much-vaunted “Trump Effect” on illegal immigration has worn off completely, as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen suggested at a Wednesday press briefing.
The border arrest figures came the same day President Donald Trump signed an order deploying National Guard troops to the southwest border to support CBP’s enforcement mission. The government has not determined the number of troops to be deployed, but they could be activated as early as Wednesday night, Nielsen said.

The Trump administration has also sought to change U.S. immigration laws governing detention of unaccompanied children and family units, which it says encourage illegal immigration. The White House is expected to deliver to lawmakers a legislative package that would close these “loopholes” later in April.

“While we have been apprehending aliens at the border with historic efficiency — these illicit smuggling groups saw that our ability to actually remove those who come here illegally did not keep pace,” Nielsen said Wednesday. “They saw that there were loopholes they could exploit to avoid detention and removal.”

According to CBP’s numbers, the Border Patrol nabbed 37,393 illegal immigrants in March, while CBP officers, who run the ports of entry, recorded 12,915 people who arrived without authorization to enter.

Among those were a rising number of unaccompanied minors and people traveling in family units — both especially troublesome categories for immigration authorities. About 13,000 were arrested, trying to cross the border illegally, and another 6,200 were deemed inadmissible at the ports of entry.”