In Trumpís First Two Years, Border Deaths Declined

A tragic photograph of the bodies of Oscar Alberto MartŪnez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, who drowned attempting to cross the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Texas, renewed outrage about the border crisis. Politicians expressed their indignation at the image while, predictably, blaming the Trump administration.

Several Democratic presidential candidates tweeted their outrage. Senator Kamala Harris, tweeted: ďTrump says, ĎGo back to where you came from.í That is inhumane. Children are dying. This is a stain on our moral conscience.Ē Beto OíRourke tweeted: ďTrump is responsible for these deaths.Ē Senator Cory Booker, tweeted: ďThese are the consequences of Donald Trumpís inhumane and immoral immigration policy.Ē

But the reality is that deaths at the U.S.-Mexico border decreased after Donald Trump became president, according to data from the United States Border Patrol. During the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years they averaged 291 per year, down from 372 during the Obama/Biden administration and 382 under Bush.
More facts for Libs and Progs to dismiss as What-About-ism.