By Jon Dougherty
In every sense, Democrats and the courts — not the Trump administration — are in charge of immigration and border policy, as evidenced by the massive invasion of migrants that have been released into the interior of the country since the beginning of the year.
On Sunday, Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, toldÂ Fox News‘ “Fox & Friends” morning program that some 200,000 migrants have been released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since December because the agency simply has no choice.
That said, Judd noted that the Trump administration’s threat to impose 5 percent tariffs on all imported Mexican goods beginning today was successful in striking a deal that he believes will substantially impact the migrant invasion our southern neighbor has allowed to occur.
Judd dismissed criticisms by the media and political detractors that the deal was actually struck a couple of months ago and that POTUS was simply trying to take credit for it when he announced it over the weekend.
In fact, the Border Patrol councilÂ leader said, Mexico had never signed any documents or formally agreed to enact reforms until the president threatened the tariffs.
“The fact remains, Mexico did nothing,” he said. “It wasn’t in writing, nothing was happening, so President Trump had to threaten tariffs to force Mexico to actually step up and publicly agree to this deal.
“And now we can actually see Mexico doing its part to secure their southern border and allow us to send people back to Mexico pending their asylum claim,” Judd said.
By law — at least, the way the law is being interpreted at present by federal courts (and Democrats) — migrants who cross the border as families can only be held in ICE custody for 20 days, at which time they must be released. At the time of release, they are given a voucher with a court date for an asylum hearing, which the vast majority ignore.
In April, even the anti-TrumpÂ New York Times had to admit our immigration system was ‘broken’ and has been overwhelmed.
Fed up with the Donkey Party and the federal courts, the Trump administration finally managed a win of sorts this week, however.
Judd said the administration’s agreement with Mexico “will be a huge deal for Border Patrol. That’s going to allow us to free up our resources to be out in the field to catch the drugs and the criminal aliens that are crossing the border.
“This is going to be a very good deal and it’s going to help us out greatly in securing the border,” Judd added.
The deal comes as June is typically the busiest month for illegal crossings. And after record numbers this year, Judd noted that the Mexico deal may finally create a deterrent effect that has been sorely lacking in current policy.
“If you look at what ICE does to support us,” he said, “if they do interior operations while the president is putting the requisite pressure on Mexico to close their borders, it sends that message across the world that we’re not going to take people in, we’re not just going to release you into our country, there are going to be consequences for breaking our laws.”
“If the consequences are imposed then people will stop coming to the United States, and that’s why this deal means so much, in conjunction with ICE doing their part in interior enforcement,” Judd added.
The council chief added that much depends on Mexico being forced to live up to their end of the bargain, however. If that happens, not only will illegal immigration drop substantially but so, too, will drug smuggling.
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