The agreement President Trump announced Friday night between the U. S. and Mexico on tariffs and immigration is an achievement that has eluded past presidents.…
The agreement President Trump announced Friday night between the U. S. and Mexico on tariffs and immigration is an achievement that has eluded past presidents. He deserves the thanks and gratitude of all Americans – but of course, he won’t get it.
After threatening to impose tariffs on everything Mexico exports to the U. S., Trump got Mexico to agree to finally take greater action to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants into the U. S. Trump then suspended imposition of U. S. tariffs on our southern neighbor.
Under the Friday agreement, which was distributed to the media, Mexico said it would « take unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration. »
The steps will include stationing Mexican National Guard troops around the country to stop illegal immigrants from entering Mexico from the south and from entering the U. S. In addition, Mexico agreed to expand a program that makes some immigrants wait in Mexico while U. S. officials review their asylum claims.
« Mexico will try very hard, and if they do that, this will be a very successful agreement for both the United States and Mexico! » President Trump tweeted Saturday morning.
As the former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and someone who spent almost 34 years working in the immigration and law enforcement fields, I believe President Trump has been right on the immigration issue from the start.
He is doing his job as president to protect our nation and our citizens. He is trying to keep his promise to the American people to enforce our immigration laws – a position that should draw bipartisan support, but draws only criticism from most elected Democrats.
President Trump has taken many executive actions on immigration because of the failures of Congress and the courts.
The president has sent more than 5,000 military personnel to our border with Mexico and additional federal civilian employees to augment the extremely overworked agents already there.
And Trump even declared a national emergency along the border and has continued to seek funding for a border wall that will help reduce the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs.
The president also put a new long-term immigration plan on the table that the Democratic congressional leadership would have welcomed 10 years ago – but instead has rejected out of hand.
The turnabout in Democratic attitudes on illegal immigration in just a few years is astounding. I would like to ask the critics of the president’s immigration policies the following questions:
Why do you believe it is OK to not care about securing our borders and enforcing laws passed by Congress? Why do you vilify the brave men and women who enforce our laws? Why do you ignore an unprecedented humanitarian crisis on our border?
And I would also ask opponents of the president’s immigration policies:
Why do you continue to put the most vulnerable in more danger, day after day? Why do you not want to protect our nation and our sovereignty?
I have served six presidents throughout my career and I respected each one of them because they were elected to the highest office in the land by the American people.

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