By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) From every indication, Mexico appears to be taking its recent Joint Declaration with the United States regarding border security and efforts to interdict migrants before they cross over from Guatemala seriously.
Earlier reports noted that within days of the agreement, Mexico deployed 6,000 army and National Guard forces to its southern border, while it ramped up internal enforcement of its immigration laws.
Other provisions of the Joint Declaration include:
â€” The U.S. will return illegal aliens who claim asylum to Mexico immediately;
â€” Additional â€œunprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration,â€ according to theÂ Joint Declaration itself;
â€” â€œMexico is also taking decisive action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organizations as well as their illicit financial and transportation networks,â€ the Joint Declaration said. This is a huge deal considering, as noted by Sen. David Purdue, revealed Wednesday that the Mexico-based cartels were raking in monster money annually â€” $500 billion.
Now, according toÂ Agence France Presse, the number of Mexican military personnel deployed to improve the country’s own border security and internal enforcement has swollen:
Mexico has deployed nearly 15,000 soldiers and National Guardsmen to its border with the United States, the army chief said Monday — admitting they are detaining migrants who try to cross, after the policy triggered backlash.
Under pressure from US President Donald Trump to slow the surge of Central Americans crossing the border, Mexico promised earlier this month to reinforce its southern border with 6,000 National Guardsmen, but had not previously disclosed the extent of the crackdown on its northern border.
“We have a total deployment, between the National Guard and army units, of 14,000, almost 15,000 men in the north of the country,” Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval said at a press conference with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO)
When he was asked if those forces are detaining migrants to prevent them from crossing, Sandoval said, “Yes.”
“Given that (undocumented) migration is not a crime but rather an administrative violation, we simply detain them and turn them over to the authorities” at the National Migration Institute, he added.
An AFP correspondent who published a picture of Mexican troops detaining two women and a small girl caused a stir in Mexico, mostly becauseÂ the military has never before been utilized in an immigration enforcement role.
But clearly, the Trump administration’s threat of additional tariffs and other economic measures pushed AMLO to accept that his country was equally liable for the mass of humanity crushing U.S. borders for most of POTUS Trump’s presidency — migration that, no doubt, has been fueled by Left-wing anti-American interests in Central America and Mexico.
The Joint Declaration, which was signed on June 7, gave Mexico 45 days to show dramatic improvements in immigration enforcement.
So far, so good.
Earlier this month, the head of the Border Patrol union heaped praise on POTUS Trump over the deal with Mexico and for his commitment to border security.
He also made a very politically poignant observation: The Mexican military was doing more to shore up U.S. border security than congressional Democrats.
â€œYou know what is amazing about it the President got Mexico to send more troops to their southern border with Guatemala than what Congress has approved for United States Border Patrol Agents to be on the southwest border with Mexico,â€ said National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd.
Republicans haven’t been all-in for POTUS’ border and immigration enforcement, but they have shown far more willingness, as a party, than open borders Democrats.
It’s also worth noting that the Trump administration had sought to deploy thousands of National Guard troops to the U.S. border to assist Border Patrol agents, but several Democrat-run states including New Mexico, California, Oregon, and Nevada either refused to send them or pulled their forces off the border, to spite the president.
— Even CNN is reporting that the level of cooperation from Mexico is unprecedented. It was so shocking to CNNâ€™s Nick Valencia that he initially tweeted this comment but later apparently deleted it, HotAir noted.
— In an interview with Fox Business Network on Monday, Judd noted that migrant numbers at the U.S. border have already dropped by one-third.
And, again, he put the onus on Democrats for failing to work with the Trump administration to control U.S. borders.
“Thereâ€™s not going to be a deal that gives President Trump a win. Democrats are just not going to do that,” he said. “Going into 2020 they are doing everything they can to take this president apart and so theyâ€™re not going to give him a winâ€¦ I donâ€™t see Democrats giving him any wins going into 2020â€¦ He was able to strike a deal with the Mexican government that any president prior to him would have loved to have had. And since heâ€™s been able to strike that deal weâ€™ve seen a drop in nearly a third of people crossing the border prior to the month of June. So weâ€™re already seeing the huge dividends of that experience that President Trump brought to the Oval Office.”
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