By Jon Dougherty
The Democrat Left won’t want to hear it, and their sycophantic allies in the “mainstream” media won’t report it, but the fact is the trade-and-security deal that POTUS Donald Trump and his administration just made with Mexico was nothing short of landmark.
And in fact that’s how POTUS’ chief diplomat — along with his Mexican counterparts — view the deal as well.
In comments to reporters Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised the deal as “diplomacy its finest,” and predicted good things for both countries as a result of it.
The deal “frankly reflects diplomacy at its finest,” Pompeo said. “It shows the enduring relationship, too, of the relationship of our two countries and it’s a significant win for the American people.”
He also noted that the deal represents a promise kept by the president.
“The deal continues the Trump administration’s commitment, the strongest by any administration in history, to confront the tide of illegal immigration and many other problems along our southern border, including the drug trafficking issue,” the State Department chief continued.
“The president is doing precisely what he said he would do,” Pompeo said, outlining some of what was agreed to:
— The placement of 6,000 Mexican National Guard troops along the country’s southern border with Guatemala — “the biggest effort” of its kind “to date,” Pompeo said, “and something that we pressed for;”
— Aliens caught crossing illegally into the U.S. seeking asylum will be immediately returned to Mexico where they will await the adjudication of their claim — “We now have a way to engage in this full-throttle,” he said;
— Other “cooperative efforts” will also be pursued.
Pompeo praised his Mexican counterparts for their assistance in bringing closure to the deal, though it’s been noted widely in alternative media that the president’s tariff threat is what sealed the deal.
Following the deal, Mexico’s chief negotiator, Marcelo Ebrard, told a rally in Tijuana that his country had emerged from the high-stakes talks that avoided U.S. tariffs on Mexicoâ€™s exports with its â€œdignity intact.â€
He said when he gave Mexican President Andres Manuel LÃ³pez Obrador his report on the deal he, said he told AMLO: â€œThere are no tariffs, Mr. President, we emerged with our dignity intact.â€
The Mexican president told the rally:
We take advantage of being here in Tijuana to say to the people of the United States once more that we do not harbor any intention nor will we harbor any intention to harm them, and we are resolved to collaborate with them in all areas, especially on the concern spurred by the growth of the migratory flow to their country.
At the same time, we ask for their understanding because the migratory phenomenon doesnâ€™t come from nowhere, it comes from the material needs and the insecurity in the Central American countries and in marginalized sectors and regions of Mexico, where there are human beings who need to set out on a pilgrimage to mitigate their hunger and their poverty or to save their lives.
Pompeo said the Mexican team “defended” their people during negotiations.
“I think we made both of our countries proud with this agreement,” he told reporters. “I spoke with President Trump not too long ago about this. He is grateful to everyone who made this happen.”
He added that “this is not the end of the road” and that a lot more work is needed before results begin speaking for themselves, but clearly what Trump and Pompeo achieved is much better than what any president in the modern era has achieved regarding real solutions to addressing our illegal immigration problem.
According to the Joint Declaration agreement:
Mexico will take unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration, to include the deployment of its National Guard throughout Mexico, giving priority to its southern border. Mexico is also taking decisive action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organizations as well as their illicit financial and transportation networks. Additionally, the United States and Mexico commit to strengthen bilateral cooperation, including information sharing and coordinated actions to better protect and secure our common border.
The United States will immediately expand the implementation of the existing Migrant Protection Protocols across its entire Southern Border. This means that those crossing the U.S. Southern Border to seek asylum will be rapidly returned to Mexico where they may await the adjudication of their asylum claims.
In response, Mexico will authorize the entrance of all of those individuals for humanitarian reasons, in compliance with its international obligations, while they await the adjudication of their asylum claims. Mexico will also offer jobs, healthcare and education according to its principles.
The United States commits to work to accelerate the adjudication of asylum claims and to conclude removal proceedings as expeditiously as possible.
Both parties also agree that, in the event the measures adopted do not have the expected results, they will take further actions. Therefore, the United States and Mexico will continue their discussions on the terms of additional understandings to address irregular migrant flows and asylum issues, to be completed and announced within 90 days, if necessary.
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