New Report Shows Walls Work
As it turns out, President Trump is right about Mexico. They will do their part in stopping the flow of illegal immigrants if you twist their arm hard enough. Border apprehensions have dropped steeply, largely thanks to Mexico’s renewed efforts to control their side of the border.
National Review has the story:
One of the reasons border apprehensions have dropped from their alarming peak in May is that Mexico has been pretty aggressive in stopping third-country nationals from traversing its territory on their way north to make bogus asylum claims so they can be released into the U.S.
But why has Mexico been willing to work with us like this? It’s especially curious because in the past, Mexico was not at all eager to help us limit illegal immigration, a pattern we might have expected to intensify with last year’s election as president of left-wing populist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (commonly known as AMLO, pronounced as a word rather than initials).
No doubt President Trump’s tariff threats had some effect. Three-quarters of Mexico’s exports go to the U.S., and despite increased integration of our economies over the past couple of decades, they still need us a lot more than we need them. Also, Trump’s mercurial temperament clearly has the Mexicans worried that he could do something rash (similar to Iran’s fears about Reagan if the hostages weren’t released before he was inaugurated).
Yet another promise kept! Illegal immigration rates are falling, but it’s still an issue; one that can be solved by finally constructing a wall on our Southern Border.