The clock is ticking, and Mexico just blinked, however, is it enough to satisfy President Trump?
On Friday, hoping to avoid the President’s promise of imposing punishing tariffs, Mexico made steps to halt the unprecedented flow of illegal immigrants across the southern border.
On Thursday Mexico offered to immediately deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to the border with Guatemala. Additionally, Mexico has reportedly agreed to change their own skewed immigration policy concerning asylum protocols, which would require asylum applicants to seek permanent refuge within the first country they enter after fleeing their home countries, rather than the current scheme by Mexico, to simply allow migrants access through their country (providing assistance), as they head to the United States.
Obviously the country of origin for asylum seekers in Central American countries would not be the United States, however most likely Mexico, thus the imposition of tariffs by the President to actually force Mexico to enforce their stringent immigration laws, which they’ve apparently abandoned.
As for our own broken immigration laws, illegal aliens have long figured out that by simply claiming asylum or bringing a child with them to the border almost guarantees access into America. Border Agents have continuously complained that so-called asylum seekers are using the system fraudulently to enter our country. Never to be seen again, unless they commit a crime, and even then deporting them is near impossible.
Moreover, activist courts like the 9th Circuit Court of Apples have denied the administration the opportunity to temporarily stop the practice, by actually legislating from the bench, which has now become a common practice among progressive judges, by usurping the power reserved for the executive branch of government, namely the President.
The threat of imposing a 5% tariff that increases 5% every month until capped off at 25% in October has freaked out the entire political establishment, including many within the business community. However, this President, unlike his predecessors on both sides of the political aisle, actually cares about making America great, in that no other nation would allow their sovereignty to be abused.
Mexico finally understands that Trump isn’t bluffing. Which no doubt is the reason why their financial intelligence agency on Thursday also announced that it had frozen the bank accounts of 26 people who it claimed “have presumably participated in migrant smuggling and the organization of illegal migrant caravans.”
The agency said it had detected money transfers from central Mexico to six Mexican border cities presumably related to the caravans.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador insisted on Thursday that the Mexican government does not “act against anybody to please any foreign government.”
His verbal bluster, like most politicians, don’t align with his actions, as some 200 Mexican military police, immigration agents and federal police blocked the advance of about 1,000 Central American migrants who were walking north along a southern Mexico highway on Wednesday.
This tough new stance by the Mexican government in preventing illegal migrants from entering their country, as a stepping-stone to enter the U.S., is a first step to easing the crisis.
In Mexico City, police detained Irineo Mujica, the head of migrant aide group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, and Cristobal Sanchez, a migrant activist.
Vice President Mike Pence, monitoring the talks from his travels in Pennsylvania, said the U.S. was “encouraged” by Mexico’s latest proposals but, so far, tariffs still were set to take effect Monday.
Adding, “On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP,” Trump said on May 30th. “The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied,… ..at which time the Tariffs will be removed, details from the White House to follow.”
The clock is indeed ticking… let’s hope Mexico follows through with the promises they’ve made over the weekend.