Throughout the 2016 election cycle, then-candidate Donald Trump made a bold promise to the American people: He would fix the immigration crisis that has befallen our southern border.
First forward nearly three years, and the situation at the border between the US and Mexico has fallen into disrepair in ways that even Trump himself may have been unlikely to predict.
Illegal border crossings are on the rise once again, fueled in part by the extremely well organized “migrant caravans”, whose mass arrivals in border towns such as Tijuana have been Hellish for US Customs and Border Patrol to contend with. Many of these would-be asylum seekers are finding themselves at the behest of “coyotes”, or human smugglers, who lead groups of men, women, and children through the grueling expanses of desert in order to sneak into America.
Not only are many of these migrants ill-prepared for the harsh conditions they face in the mesas and valleys of the American southwest, but the “coyotes” themselves have been far too keen on victimizing the women and children supposedly in their stead.
After being denied time and again by “resistance” democrats in his efforts to curb the madness, President Trump has turned to economic pressure, threatening Mexico with trade tariffs if they are unable or unwilling to help.
Mexico is not having it.
Mexico on Monday made clear it would reject a U.S. idea to take in all Central American asylum seekers if it is raised at talks this week with Trump administration, which has threatened to impose tariffs if Mexico does not crack down on illegal immigration.
The language was stern.
Speaking to reporters in Washington before this week’s meetings, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the country is committed to continuing to work to keep illegal immigrants from Central American from reaching the United States border.
However, a more radical proposal favored by some U.S. officials to designate Mexico a “safe third country,” which would force Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States to instead seek that status in Mexico, is not an option, he said.
“An agreement about a safe third country would not be acceptable for Mexico,” Ebrard said. “They have not yet proposed it to me. But it would not be acceptable and they know it.”
President Trump has repeatedly called for lawmakers to come together on a border security plan that could include a “big, beautiful” wall between the two nations – a move that would help to funnel these future Americans through safer ports of entry.
These calls have gone unanswered in Washington, as democrats seem solely focused on impeaching, or otherwise delegitimizing President Trump.