Recent reporting from the mainstream media tells us Mexico made a deal with the U.S. to help defuse the border situation. Is there anything to it?
In the days of Donald Trump, Mexico really did help the U.S. by substantially decreasing the amount of non-Mexicans passing through their country. And Mexico's president at the time, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is still in office.
Could this deal produce similar results?
Here’s what CBS News said about it:
Mexico has made an agreement with the United States to deport migrants from its border cities to their home countries and take several actions to deter migrants as part of a new effort to combat the recent surge in border crossings.
On September 22, U.S. and Mexican officials had a meeting.
Mexican officials met with US Customs and Border Protection officials on Friday [Sep. 22] in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, which is across the border from El Paso, Texas, following the recent spike in illegal crossings into the US, which temporarily closed an international bridge and paused Mexico's main cargo train system.
As part of the agreement, Mexico agreed to "depressurize" its northern cities, which border El Paso, San Diego and Eagle Pass, Texas, where the mayor has declared a state of emergency. They will also implement more than a dozen actions to prevent migrants from risking their lives by using the railway system to reach the US-Mexico border, according to Mexico's National Migration Institute.
Mexico agreed to take 15 concrete actions:
Mexican officials vowed to carry out a series of 15 actions as part of the agreement, some in coordination with Customs and Border Protection and Ferromex, which includes deporting migrants to their home countries by land and air.
The country said it will carry out negotiations with the governments of Venezuela, Brazil, Nicaragua, Colombia and Cuba to confirm receipt of their citizens deported from the US-Mexico border. It will also allow US border patrol agents to expel migrants through the Ciudad Juárez International Bridge, which connects to El Paso.
Other terms of the agreement include submitting a daily report of the number of migrants on the train system to Customs and Border Protection's El Paso sector, establishing checkpoints along the Ferromex rail route and conducting interventions on railways and highways, according to Mexico's National Migration Institute.
OK, this all sounds positive, but color me rather skeptical.
Mexico already detains and deports illegals. From January to September, they repatriated 788,000 foreigners to their home countries.
In normal times, that might be enough. But for the current invasion, it’s inadequate. After all, look at how many migrants are making it to the U.S.-Mexico border. All of them are allowed to cross through Mexico.
The Mexican government really doesn’t care, as long as most of the migrants pass through and don’t stay.
Several days after the deal, Reuters reported on how the Mexican government moved thousands of non-Mexican migrants away from the city of Tapachula in the state of Chiapas (which borders Guatemala) where they had congregated.
According to a Mexican government source, 8,152 migrants were relocated. They were taken to six locations: four in Chiapas, one in the state of Tabasco, and one in the state of Veracruz.
So nobody was deported. Over 8,000 migrants were just moved from Tapachula to other places in Mexico, from whence they’ll probably eventually continue their trek to Mexico’s northern border.
So how does that help us?
OK, maybe Mexico’s just getting started and is going to be a great help to us. I doubt it, but of course would love to be proven wrong.
Maybe it’s a political move on the part of the Biden administration to give the appearance of controlling the border. After all, the election is about 13 months away. Mexico is just playing along.
What a difference American leadership makes. By means of a tariff threat, President Trump pressured Mexico into actually helping us on the border.
That arrangement ended under the Biden administration, whose goal is the transformation of the U.S.A. through mass immigration.
I don’t see any deal with Mexico ending that strategy.
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