We’ve returned migrants before. That’s no secret. But in the past, we dropped them off at the border, where they were prepared to sneak back in.
So, Trump did what he always does. He out-smarted the opponents.
Now Border Patrol is sending these Mexican nationals deep in the heart of Mexico, to Guadalajara to be exact.
Fox News reports:
The Department of Homeland Security started running flights from Tucson, Ariz., to Guadalajara in December. Officials say the migrants being returned are all Mexican nationals from non-border Mexican states who typically have either recently illegally entered the U.S., or who had gone through the court system but were ruled to be deportable by an immigration judge.
The plan marks a departure from past practice of releasing migrants at the border. The idea would be to make it harder for repeat offenders to try and cross the border again if they are returned hundreds of miles away. Officials say returning people closer to their hometowns is better for them as well, and allows them to receive services from the Mexican government.
DHS says it plans to run two flights a week starting at the end of January and expects to return about 250 migrants a week. Officials say the move has been requested by the Mexican government, with which the U.S. has been working for months to stem the border crisis — which peaked in May but still concerns officials.
Another Strong Move
I know what leftists are thinking right now. They’re wondering when President Trump started working with the Mexican government. But those of us who pay attention know Trump always intended a strong partnership with the Mexican government. In fact, Mexico backs Trump’s stance when it comes to the migrant caravans aiming to invade our country. This is just one more victory to add to Trump’s winning streak.
“This is another example of the Trump Administration working with the Government of Mexico to address the ongoing border security crisis,” DHS spokeswoman Heather Swift told Fox News. “Mexico has been a great partner in stopping illegal migration before they reach our border and in standing up the Migrant Protection Protocol which has allowed us to provide court dates to more than 55,000 individuals.”
The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain-in-Mexico” policy, sees migrants (from all countries south of the border) returned to Mexico to await their immigration hearings — ending the practice of “catch-and-release” where immigrants were released into the U.S. interior to await their hearings.
The policy was expanded over the summer and was strengthened at Tucson and Del Rio sectors in recent months. Those being flown into the Mexican interior are not part of the MPP program.
My grandpa used to say “no good deed goes unpunished.” I used to wonder what he meant by that. Now I know. Because once again, leftists are screaming and pouting because Trump is winning. Our President is working with a foreign leader. And liberals are intimidated. Especially by a President racking up the accomplishments.
Back to Fox:
“Remain-in-Mexico” has proven controversial with human rights and pro-migrant activists, who claim it can place migrants in significant danger of kidnapping or violence by returning them to the Mexican side of the border. The program is facing a legal challenge at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. We expect a ruling soon.
That regional cooperation has also produced agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The agreement with Guatemala sees migrants flown into that country to claim asylum there. Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf on Friday said that so far 96 migrants have been flown into Guatemala, but that only one individual eventually chose to claim asylum.
Those agreements have fueled a dramatic drop in apprehensions at the border by more than 70 percent since May. In December, law enforcement apprehended or turned away 40,620 at the border, the seventh month of decline since the more than 144,000 encountered in May.
Think about that. We have 70% less apprehensions at the border. This means we’re getting less drug dealers, less sex traffickers, and less welfare rats. That’s a huge difference. But the very same democrats who would never house a migrant in their own home call Trump wrong.
But if the President is wrong for protecting our country, I don’t want him to be right.