President Trump was lambasted by liberals for threatening the Mexican government with a new tariff if they didn’t do something to stop the caravans of illegal aliens from crossing their country and into the U.S.
Even some conservatives and Trump supporters were nervous about the long-term implications of a trade war with our southern neighbor.
But the president’s threat of action is already having an effect.
According to Politico reports have come in saying that Mexico is sending 6,000 of their National Guard troops to its southern border to stop the flow of Central Americans illegally crossing into Mexico in order to try to sneak into or seek asylum in the U.S.
The number of migrants showing up at the U.S. border — and crossing secretly, in many cases — has overwhelmed border crossing stations and Border Patrol agents. Many migrants are coming as “family units” in order to exploit a loophole that lets them into the U.S. and, essentially, lets them disappear into our country. Trump wants a better system in place.
Trump is also trying to get Mexico declared a “safe third country,” which means caravans coming from through their southern border would have to see asylum in Mexico first.
The Mexican government doesn’t like that idea because granting asylum to that many people would be “extremely costly and burdensome for Mexico,” even though it’s already extremely costly and burdensome to the U.S.
However, Mexico sending thousands of troops to their southern border to halt the next caravan is already a big move. Trump was certainly impressed with it, and he indicated on Twitter that Mexico will reap the benefits.
“If we are able to make the deal with Mexico, & there is a good chance that we will, they will begin purchasing Farm & Agricultural products at very high levels, starting immediately,” he wrote on Friday. “If we are unable to make the deal, Mexico will begin paying Tariffs at the 5% level on Monday!”
In fact, according to Reuters, Mexico has just halted a caravan of 1,000 migrants coming across from Guatemala. That’s expected to drop the number of arrests Border Patrol agents are having to make as migrants try to cross into the U.S. They made nearly 133,000 arrests last month.
Trump indicated, though, that Mexico needed to do more than deploy troops to slow the flow of migrants. He still wants Mexico to grant asylum first before the U.S. is expected to.