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Written by Michael W. Cutler, Senior Special Agent, INS (Ret.)
Last week President Trump announced that he was contemplating imposing tariffs against Mexican imports to the United States to force Mexico to assist the United States in securing the U.S./Mexican border.
Congress and a number of federal court judges are behind Trump’s tactic of using tariffs as a means of getting Mexico to help the United States secure its dangerous and porous southern border with the nation that is responsible for sending the United States the greatest number of illegal aliens and massive quantities of narcotics.
This creates a massive national security and public safety threat as I noted in an earlier article, Jihad At The BorderHow the border crisis facilitates the entry of terrorists.
Mexico had previously promised to work with the Trump administration but escalating numbers of illegal aliens being apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol along the Mexican border have made it clear that, as my mom used to say, “Actions speak louder that words.”
The insanity of the situation is that the other two branches of the U.S. government have obstructed any meaningful efforts by the Exeuctive Branch to secure the border with members of Congress incredibly declaring that there is no emergency at the border.
Adding fuel to the blazing fire that is the obvious crisis along the border, is the action by the Democratic controlled Congress to pass a new version of the DREAM Act, as reported by CBS News on June 5, 2019, House passes latest DREAM Act, hoping to place millions of immigrants on path to citizenship. (The term DREAM Act is an acronym for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act.)
This irresponsible legislative action simply amps up the incentive for more minor aliens to attempt to run our borders and for human traffickers to convince the parents of alien children in Mexico allow them to use those children to create bogus “families” to accompany non-relating illegal aliens to the United States.  Illegal aliens who are accompanied by minors cannot be held for more than 20 days by immigration authorities in the United States.
“Sanctuary Cities” that have notoriously shielded illegal aliens, included aliens with histories of committing violent crimes, from detection by ICE further incentives illegal immigration.
President Trump has been stymied at every turn by supposed political leaders in the United States from taking any meaningful action.  With no other options he has been forced to turn to Mexico to seek help.
His strategy may work, consider that as soon as he raised the threat of tariffs, Mexico immediately sent a team of negotiators to the United States.
It should come as no surprise that the Anti-American U.S. Chamber of Commerce has threatened to sue to prevent the imposition of tariffs.   It is likely that they are at least as concerned that Mexico would finally cooperate with Trump as they are with the impact that tariffs would have on commerce.
The Chamber of Commerce does not see our borders for what they are, America’s first and last line of defense against international terrorists, transnational criminals and contraband, including massive quantities of illegal drugs that kills tens of thousands of people each year and funds criminal and terrorist organization.  Instead, the Chamber of Commerce views secure borders as an impediment to their wealth.
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