One aspect of the current overwhelming immigration problem at the border is the legal leftovers from the overwhelming immigration problem of the recent past.

An online article in The Hill about President Trump's latest offer to House Democrats to get the government back to full operation in exchange for $5.7 billion for increased border security reminds us all of what happens once an illegal alien gets ushered into our legal system: not much!

In addition to the physical barriers, Trump wants hundreds of millions for humanitarian assistance, drug detection technology, more agents and law enforcers and 75 more immigration judges.

It's the judges that caught my eye. The additional number of judges may fall well below the number needed but it would be a much a good start when you consider that as of last year, the immigration courts had a backlog of 809,041 cases and that doesn't even include another 330,211 not yet on the books.

Do the math. That's a backlog of 1,139,252 cases to be divided up among 395 current judges.  If you figure each judge handles 700 cases a year -- which they need to do to get a positive performance rating- it will take three years just to catch up with the cases on the books now.  
New cases pour in daily because under current law, once on U.S. soil, aliens may apply for asylum. So would a wall stop every illegal entry? No. But it could reduce their numbers enough to allow America's courts to catch up with current cases.  
But with a three- to four-year delay to even get into court, thousands of illegal aliens are released only to disappear into the country, never to show up for court and that actually attracts even more illegal crossings since it seems likely they too will get away with it, even if caught.
Now you may not see it that way. The Pew Research Center says the border wall division is the biggest political split they've tested. Their research shows that 88 percent of those against the wall could not accept any bill that opens the government if it provides wall money and 72 percent of wall supporters say any bill that reopens the government without wall funding is unacceptable.

So while the left and right fight over Trump, the wall, funding and all things immigration, what do Hispanics think about the president's push for funding?

This may surprise you. According to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, approval of Trump by Hispanics bounced up 19 percent in just a month -- to 50 percent!

Somebody gets it. There is a cost to open borders.

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