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Trump Appeared to Have it Right, as Both Mexican and Biden Officials Argue for Tougher Policing of the Border

President Joe Biden has lost control of the southern border – as even some of his fellow Democrats now admit, as they finally refer to the chaotic situation as a crisis.

In a recent appearance on Fox News, Bandon Judd, president of the union that represents U.S. Border Patrol agents, characterized the current situation as the worst of his career.  

 “I’m going on 24 years as an active Border Patrol agent and I can tell you that I’ve never seen a day-to-day, week-over-week increase like what we are currently seeing right now,” Judd said.

“We’ve dealt with these kind of numbers in the past, we’ve dealt with them in the early 2000s, we dealt with them in 2014, we dealt with them in 2019. But, what we didn’t see during that time is we didn’t see the rapid increase like what we’re seeing right now.”

“So we’ve got this very serious problem,” Judd added, and “the American public should be very concerned about what is currently going on at the border because if this increase continues to go on, we will apprehend more people than we’ve ever apprehended in any year in the history of the United States Border Patrol.”

The Border Patrol, by the way, was created in 1924.

Biden entered office claiming that former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies were ineffective and inhumane. He pledged to reverse that.

But one group recently noted that Biden is wrong, that Trump’s policies worked to deter illegal immigration.

That group would be Mexican officials.

The New York Times, in a recent piece about the U.S. helping its northern and southern neighbors with COVID-19 vaccines, noted, “The Biden administration’s appeal to do more against migration has put Mexico in a difficult position. While Mr. Trump strong-armed Mexico into militarizing the border, some Mexican officials argue that his harsh policies may have at times helped lessen their load by deterring migrants from attempting to make the journey north.”

But Biden’s open-borders policy is reversing that – forcing Mexico to adopt Trump-era policies.

Reuters reported on March 17, “Mexico is preparing to significantly reinforce efforts to detain U.S.-bound migrants who illegally cross its border with Guatemala, in response to a jump in people trying to enter the United States.”

“The people familiar with the plan said Mexico would deploy security forces to cut the flow of migrants, the bulk of whom come from Central America’s so-called Northern Triangle of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, whose economies were battered by the coronavirus pandemic and hurricanes last year.”

Reuters noted that Mexico’s militarized police, which helped cut the flow in 2019 as Judd referenced, and did as after Trump leaned hard on Mexico to curtail illegal immigration at the source, would conduct border operations that “will be more frequent, more continuous,” an unidentified Mexican source told Reuters.

Meanwhile, in America, Biden’s administration is grudgingly, albeit not publicly, admitting Trump was correct.

According to Reuters, “A sense of urgency has mounted within the Biden administration especially over increasing numbers of unaccompanied minors apprehended there. In Washington, a person familiar with the matter said the U.S. administration has seen a growing need for Mexico to do more to secure its southern border but has steered clear of making demands or direct requests for action.”

Reuters continued, “Biden’s aides want to avoid Trump’s heavy-handed approach to Mexico, preferring a more respectful tone, but bilateral discussions have touched on how to curb the flow from the Northern Triangle. … Mexican officials had anticipated a sharp escalation in immigration under Biden, with one ruefully noting last month that it would force Mexico ‘to be the bad guys again.’”

Somehow that’s not surprising, and if it works, Biden, as he has shown with vaccines, won’t hesitate to take credit for a Trump idea. 

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