Taking A Hardline With Mexico: Helpful Or Hype? 🥑

Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

Trouble @ the border

In 2017, illegal border crossing arrests hit a 46-year low, but in 2019 the US has reached a breaking point due to a drastic increase in attempted border crossings. On May 30, President Trump unexpectedly announced that he would impose 5% tariffs on all Mexican imports by June 10, steadily increasing thereafter, until illegal immigration came to a halt.

The deal with Mexico

On Friday, Trump tweeted that a deal was reached with Mexico to avert the planned tariffs and stem the flow of migrants into the US. The deal calls for Mexico to: (1) send 6,000 troops to the border, enforce its own immigration laws (holding migrants vs. allowing them to pass through), and (3) buy “LARGE QUANTITIES” of American agricultural products.


LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: Trump defends deal with Mexico to stem migrant flows, prevent tariffs

Breitbart: ‘Just Another Bluff!’: Maxine Waters’ Mexico Tariffs Prediction Comes Back to Haunt Her

The right strongly supports and praises Trump for the deal with Mexico. They specifically applaud the “unprecedented steps” that Mexico will take to stem “irregular migration.” The right also calls out vocal critics on the left, such as House Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), for being “wrong” about their advance criticism of Trump’s tactics.

LEANING LEFT:

CNN: Pelosi on Trump-Mexico agreement: 'Threats and temper tantrums are no way to negotiate'

Washington Post: Mexican officials hail tariff-averting pact with U.S. even as worries emerge

The left widely quotes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments that Trump’s “threats and temper tantrums are no way to negotiate.” The left also make a point to call out “worries” about the deal in their headlines. Taken together, the left is downplaying the agreement and the methods used to reach it.


Where's the common ground?

Immigration is a hot-button topic in the US leading to little common ground between the two sides on this issue. However, factually, in recent months there has been a significant increase in migrants making the often difficult journey to the US and our current border resources are not effectively able to cope with the rise. Hopefully, Mexico’s new commitment will not only ease the challenges at the border, but will also help make the challenging migration journey safer.

Side benefit: our avos are safe

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