American Consequences - June 2019

By Buck Sexton

T he latest numbers from our recorded more than 133,000 illegal crossings in May 2019, which is a one-month record stretching back seven years. The flood of Central American migrants has turned into a tsunami. Border patrol is completely overwhelmed. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holding facilities are overflowing. And there are indications the illegal migrant invasion will get much worse before it gets better. Recent reporting from the so-called “Northern Triangle” countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador make it clear that the word has gotten out about asylum as America’s weak immigration underbelly. Whole villages are emptying out in response. Those who haven’t yet joined the caravans making their way across Mexico to U.S. border sectors like Rio Grande, El Paso, and San Diego are concerned that they will be left out. At the current rate, more than 1 million Central Americans will illegally enter the United States in 2019. A vast majority will stay here forever. The Trump administration knows that Mexico is the key to ending this illegal immigration deluge. So far, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been unwilling to take the steps necessary to prevent thousands of Central Americans from traversing his country en route to the United States. But that may be changing. President Donald Trump recently presented the Mexican government with a choice: take action to stop the caravan flow or brace yourself for southern border are staggering. The Department of Homeland Security

tariffs. As of this writing, the White House and Mexico have come to an agreement to avoid the implementation of a 5% tariff on all goods coming from Mexico into the U.S. Trump’s nontraditional approach may have paid off. His critics, however, will give him no credit for any change in Mexico’s approach to the migrant crisis. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues will also offer no policy solutions of their own. The simple fact is, the Democratic Party does not see the migrant crisis as a “crisis” at all. The party’s electoral fortunes benefit from the phenomenon of overwhelmingly poor, non-English speakers scheming to get around our immigration laws en masse. Until a few months ago, much of the mainstream media refused to even use the word “crisis,” except to debunk it. Now, with illegal crossings routinely hitting thousands per day, the media narrative has shifted to view this as a “humanitarian crisis.” “ Tariffs may have moved Mexico in the right direction – for now – on the migrant issue, but it remains to be seen if its new attitude will hold. Mexico has its own problems, including its worst year ever for murders (more than 33,000) in 2018. The drug cartels pushing opioids into America – responsible for killing tens of thousands of our citizens every year Tariffs may have moved Mexico in the right direction – for now – on the migrant issue, but it remains to be seen if its new attitude will hold.

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