It will be a big deal who decides and how they decide if the border is secure. The area of the border where I live has fewer illegal crossers than in past years going strictly by numbers. The reality is that fewer illegals are crossing here just to go to work, the number of smugglers seems to have grown if anything and I believe they are far more dangerous than in the past. In years past it was very unusual for smugglers that were caught to be armed and now it is unusual if they are not heavily armed.
Illegal traffic is down in my area but the danger level is higher in my opinion. Other areas may or may not have a decrease in illegal traffic, so it will be hard to determine and I can imagine a lot of games will be played with numbers to show the border being secure when it likely won’t be.
Another issue is every time any type of amnesty is even discussed more illegals flood in hoping for the amnesty.
Thanks for an on the spot assessment.
The armed smugglers have to be a huge threat to anyone coming in contact with them. The only life they value is their own and from the murders in Mexico in the last few years it would seem a person would be taking an awful chance getting away from populated areas.