In the midst of the ongoing debate over border security and illegal immigration, the role, or lack thereof, that Mexico has played in halting migrants has been largely ignored.
Had Mexico done a better job of protecting their southern border, it is likely that the illegal immigration crisis in the U.S. wouldn’t be as severe.
Many of the illegal immigrants entering Mexico originate from Central America, particularly Guatemala.
For years, Mexico has taken little action to stem the flow of illegal aliens into the United States. In fact, they seem to have an interest in allowing the immigration to continue. Many of those migrants who successfully cross into the U.S. send money back to their families in Mexico. In the eyes of the Mexican government, it would be bad politics for them to take action!
However, that is about to change.
President Trump Makes a Deal with Mexico
Two weeks ago, President Trump threatened to slap 5% tariffs on Mexican imports if Mexico didn’t agree to enforce their border and prevent migration to the U.S. The president also promised to take further action by increasing the levy to 25% if Mexico continued to delay.
Unlike past presidents –who have paid lip service to protecting the border and holding Mexico accountable—President Trump has threatened to take action against Mexico if they don’t do their part in stopping migrants from crossing into our country.
However, it appears that Trump’s ultimatum worked. Mexico has at long last given in to his demands.
Trump was able to use the tariff increase as leverage against Mexico, and they in turn have agreed to step up their border security.
Fox Business reported that “according to a memo released by the State Department, Mexico agreed to deploy its national guard throughout the country, giving priority to its southern border with Guatemala, as well as taking ‘decisive action’ to stop human smuggling and trafficking organizations. The two countries also said they would strengthen bilateral cooperation by sharing and coordinating actions to ‘better protect and secure our common border.’”
It’s about time. It took presidential leadership to accomplish this feat.
President Trump tweeted the news of the historic agreement:
“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of migration through Mexico, and to our southern border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, illegal immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States.”
Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also played a significant part in the negotiations that led to the agreement.
Despite all this, the media is already out trying to spin the story.
Of course, they are.
They are reporting that Mexico had already agreed to details of this deal months ago when former Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen reached a secret deal with a Mexican delegation in Miami all the way back in March.
That might be true, but if so, the question remains: Why did Mexico wait so long to abide by the agreement?
Even if this deal did happen, Mexico had taken no action to stop migration flows through their border.
President Trump wasn’t going to wait any longer, and he made that abundantly clear.
No matter how his critics try to spin this deal, this is a “huuuuge” win for President Trump.