Posted on January 2, 2020

President Donald J. Trump Has Delivered Record Breaking Results for the American People in His First Three Years in Office

White House Press Release, December 31, 2019


SECURING THE BORDER: President Trump has taken historic steps to confront the crisis on our Nation’s borders and protect American communities.
  • President Trump is following through on his promise to build a wall on our southern border.
    • The Administration expects to have approximately 450 miles of new border wall by the end of 2020.
  • The President struck new agreements with Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to help stop the flood of illegal immigration.
    • The President worked with Mexico to ensure they would improve their border security.
    • The United States is working with Mexico and others in the region to dismantle the human smuggling networks that profit from human misery and fuel the border crisis by exploiting vulnerable populations.
    • The Administration negotiated agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to stem the surge of aliens arriving at our border.
    • President Trump negotiated the Migrant Protection Protocols, requiring certain migrants to wait in Mexico during their immigration proceedings instead of allowing them to disappear into our country.
  • Thanks to the President’s swift action, border apprehensions fell by more than 70 percent from May – the peak of the crisis – to November.
  • The Trump Administration is stopping deadly drugs and violent criminals from flowing across our borders and into our communities.
    • Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized more than 163,000 pounds of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl at the southern border in FY 2019.
    • The United States Coast Guard seized more than 458,000 pounds of cocaine at sea in FY 2019 and referred nearly 400 suspected drug smugglers for prosecution.
    •  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized over 1.4 million pounds of narcotics and made more than 12,000 narcotic-related arrests in FY 2019.
    • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized over 50,000 kilograms of methamphetamine and over 2,700 kilograms of fentanyl in FY 2019.
    • CBP apprehended 976 alien gang members in FY 2019, including 464 aliens affiliated with MS-13.
    • ICE HSI made over 4,000 arrests of gang members in FY 2019, including over 450 arrests of MS-13 members.
RESTORING THE RULE OF LAW: President Trump is upholding the rule of law, restoring integrity to our asylum system, and promoting immigrant self-sufficiency.
  • President Trump released an immigration plan to fully secure our border, modernize our laws, and promote an immigration system based on merit.
  • President Trump is working to combat the abuse of our asylum system that drives illegal immigration.
    • The Administration took action to close the Flores Settlement Agreement loophole and ensure alien families can be kept together through their proceedings.
    • The President released an order that makes aliens ineligible for asylum if they passed through another country in transit to our border and did not apply for asylum in that country first.
  • Since taking office, President Trump has stepped up enforcement to ensure there are consequences for breaking our laws.
    • In FY 2019, the Department of Justice prosecuted a record breaking number of immigration related crimes.
    • ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 143,099 aliens in FY 2019, 86 percent of whom had criminal records.
    • ICE ERO removed more than 267,000 illegal aliens from the United States in FY 2019.
  • The Trump Administration is cracking down on sanctuary cities and increasing cooperation at the local level on immigration enforcement.
    • The Administration has more than doubled the number of jurisdictions participating in the 287(g) program, enhancing local cooperation on immigration enforcement.
  • The Administration took action to protect taxpayers by ensuring that aliens wishing to enter or remain in our country are able to support themselves and not rely on public benefits.
  • The President issued a proclamation to ensure immigrants admitted to America do not burden our healthcare system.
  • The President has taken action to reduce nonimmigrant visa overstays, a problem that undermines the rule of law, impacts public safety, and strains resources needed for the border.
  • President Trump made our country safer by ordering the enhanced vetting of individuals attempting to come to America from countries that do not meet our security standards.
  • The President is taking a responsible approach to refugee admissions, prioritizing refugee resettlement in jurisdictions where both State and local governments consent to receive them.
    • This order is designed to ensure that refugees are placed in an environment where they will have the best opportunity to succeed in their new homes.
CREATING SAFER COMMUNITIES: President Trump’s policies are supporting our brave law enforcement officers and making America’s communities safer.
  • Violent crime fell in 2017 and 2018, after rising during each of the two years prior to President Trump taking office.
    • Since 2016, the violent crime rate in America has fallen nearly 5 percent and the murder rate has decreased by over 7 percent.
  • President Trump signed the First Step Act into law, making our criminal justice system fairer for all while making our communities safer.
  • President Trump has promoted second-chance hiring to give former inmates the opportunity to live crime-free lives and find meaningful employment, all while making our communities safer.
    • The Department of Education is expanding an initiative that allows individuals in Federal and State prisons to receive Pell Grants to better prepare themselves for the workforce.
    • The Department of Justice and Bureau of Prisons launched a new “Ready to Work” Initiative to help connect employers directly with former prisoners.
    • The Department of Labor awarded $2.2 million to states to expand the use of fidelity bonds, which underwrite companies that hire former prisoners.
  • President Trump has revitalized Project Safe Neighborhoods, bringing together Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement officials to develop solutions to violent crime.
  • The President is standing up for our Nation’s law enforcement officers, ensuring they have the support they need to keep our communities safe.
    • The President established a new commission to evaluate best practices for recruiting, training, and supporting law enforcement officers.
    • The Administration has made available hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement.
    • President Trump has signed an Executive Order to help prevent violence against law enforcement officers.
    • The President also signed legislation permanently funding the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, aiding our Nation’s brave first responders.
  • The President has taken action to combat the scourge of hate crimes and anti-Semitism rising in America.
    • President Trump signed an Executive Order making it clear that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to discrimination rooted in anti-Semitism.
    • The Administration launched a centralized website to educate the public about hate crimes and encourage reporting.
    • Since January 2017, the Civil Rights division at the DOJ has obtained 14 convictions in cases involving attacks or threats against places of worship.
  • The President signed the Fix NICS Act to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.
  • President Trump signed the STOP School Violence Act and created a Commission on School Safety to examine ways to make our schools safer.
  • The Trump Administration is fighting to end the egregious crime of human trafficking.
    • In FY 2019, ICE HSI arrested 2,197 criminals associated with human trafficking and identified 428 victims.
    • The President signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which tightened criteria for whether countries are meeting standards for eliminating trafficking.
  • President Trump established a task force to help combat the tragedy of missing or murdered Native American women and girls.


COMBATING THE OPIOID CRISIS: President Trump has made battling the opioid crisis a top priority for his Administration, and the results couldn’t be clearer.
  • President Trump brought attention to the opioid crisis by declaring it a nationwide public health emergency.
  • To address the many factors fueling the drug crisis, President Trump launched an Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand.
  • Thanks to the President’s efforts, landmark new Federal funding and resources have been dedicated to help end this crisis.
  • President Trump signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, the largest and most comprehensive piece of legislation to combat the opioid crisis in history.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded nearly $9 billion over 2016 to 2019 in grants to address the opioid crisis and improve access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services in partnership with State and local officials.
  • Nearly $1 billion in grants were recently awarded for the HEAL Initiative to support development of scientific solutions to help prevent and treat addiction.
  • President Trump announced a Safer Prescriber Plan that seeks to decrease the amount of opioids prescription fills by one third within three years.
    • From January 2017 to September 2019, the total amount of opioids prescriptions filled in America dropped by 31%.
  • This year, the President launched, a newly designed website that makes it easier to find substance abuse treatment locations.
  • The President implemented new efforts to educate Americans about the dangers of opioid misuse.
    • These efforts include an ad campaign on youth opioid abuse that reached 58 percent of young adults in America.
  • President Trump and his Administration aggressively worked to cut off the flow of deadly drugs into our communities.
    • In FY 2019, ICE HSI seized 12,466 pounds of opioids including 3,688 pounds of fentanyl, an increase of 35% from FY 2018.
    • The Administration shut down the country’s biggest Darknet distributer of drugs, seizing enough fentanyl to kill 105,000 Americans in the process.
    • Under President Trump, a DOJ strike force charged more than 65 defendants collectively responsible for distributing over 45 million opioid pills.
    • The Administration has brought kingpin designations against traffickers operating in China, India, Mexico and more who have played a role in the epidemic in America.
    • The Administration secured the first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl traffickers.
    • This year, President Trump convinced China to enact strict regulations to control the production and sale of all types of fentanyl.
  • Evidence suggests that President Trump’s efforts are making a real difference across the Nation.
    • Preliminary data shows overdose deaths fell nationwide in 2018 for the first time in decades.
    • Many of the hardest hit states – including Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia – saw drug overdose deaths drop in 2018.
    • Since 2016, there has been a nearly 40 percent increase in the number of Americans receiving medication-assisted treatment.