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Trump Keeps His Promise, Makes Mexico Pay for U.S. Border Security

Another campaign promise kept by the president.

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Mexican national guard troops confronted Honduran migrants on Monday, as the potential illegal aliens (we mean the migrants) tried to cross a Guatemalan river into Mexico to continue their trek to the United States.

Mexican authorities, police, and troops have been rounding up those who are trying to cross their southern border.

One would assume these forces are being paid a wage.

Thus, the Mexican government is expending funds to aid in the security of the U.S. border, just as the president promised during his 2016 run for the White House.

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But he improved on that commitment by ensuring migrants never get close to the now being constructed wall in the first place.

The clash at the Suchiate River on Monday, which is on the Mexico-Guatemala border, was handled well by Mexican troops.

The attempted border crossers were told they had two options: Go back or come with us to immigration facilities.

But the message was clear, they were not going forward to use Mexico as a rest stop on their way to the United States.

This hasn’t stopped thousands from trying to make the move anyway, such is the poverty and crime in Honduras and Guatemala.

But those are problems to be worked out in those countries.

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Exporting them to Mexico or the U.S. will not do anybody any favors, especially the migrants themselves.

The Trump administration is working well with Mexico and other Central American nations to try and stop the flow.

And while no system will be foolproof, apprehensions of illegal aliens at the southern U.S. border has been steadily falling.

According to the Wall Street Journal, at the end of last year the number had gone down 75% since last May.

October, when 36,300 were caught, was the fifth straight month the number had decreased.

Under the administration’s “Migrant Protection Protocols”, 55,000 migrants were sent back to Mexico by late 2019 while their cases were being decided in the U.S.

That policy has had a dramatic effect, as migrants from Mexico and other nations now know long before they get to the U.S. border that their chances of entering and staying are growing slimmer.

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David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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