By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Thwarted by inaction from congressional Democrats to help him solve the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border and blocked successively by Left-wing judges Barack Obama put on the federal bench, POTUS Donald Trump bypassed all of them and went directly to one of the biggest sources of the problem: Mexico.
Under threat of tariffs, POTUS and U.S. diplomats appealed to Mexico City to begin enforcing its own immigration laws and to do more to interdict rather than enable endless streams of humanity from Central American heading for the American state.
It’s early — the agreement only went into effect this month — but by many indications, the president’s plan is working.
The Washington Post reported earlier this week:
U.S. authorities detained more than 85,000 “family unit” members at the border in May, an average of nearly 2,800 per day. That number has declined about 13 percent since the beginning of June, a period during which Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Mexico and the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador agreed to an immigration crackdown to avoid the penalty.
Overall, U.S. officials say they are expecting a 15 percent to 20 percent decline in border arrests from May, when authorities detained more than 144,000 and migration levels reached their highest point since 2006. The portion of migrants arriving as part of a family group has reached unprecedented levels in recent months, overwhelming U.S. border authorities who say they are ill-equipped to care for so many parents with children.
In addition to stepping up internal enforcement efforts, Mexico has also deployed a reported 6,000 National Guard troops to its southern border with Guatemala to interdict illegal immigrants. In addition, Mexican immigration authorities have begun making mass arrests and have rounded up thousands of migrants thus far.
One U.S. official told The Washington Post, “We are seeing initial actions and we are seeing some signs they’re having an impact.”
The Post noted further:
During the negotiations to avert tariffs, White House officials told Mexico that Trump wanted to see border crossings back at the historic lows tallied during 2017.
The Mexican government did not commit to a specific, numerical enforcement goal during the negotiations, a senior Mexican official said Monday. But Mexico has assured the United States that their enforcement efforts will deliver the major reductions in migration levels Trump is demanding.
In a Tuesday report, Fox News also noted that Mexican officials were stepping up enforcement of immigration laws, in response to the country’s agreement with the Trump administration.
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