National Security

Biden Needs To Follow Trump Lead On Border Crisis

A year ago there was no crisis.

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Working with Mexico and the Remain in Mexico policy, the Trump administration brought the nation solid border security. The wall only added to that positive situation. Since Biden took over the door has been flung wide open and a debacle, one of many for Biden, has ensued. There are signs that the general situation could improve, as a federal judge reinstated, much to the Biden administration’s dislike, the Remain in Mexico policy that previously worked.

That could help staunch the flow of illegal immigrants and restore some semblance of order to the border. Writer David Marcus explains details of the situation and how Biden could turn a mess into a net plus for the United States.

Marcus: No president in recent history has labored under the weight of as many crises as Joe Biden is today. Inflation and shortages, a tepid job market, soaring crime, failure to pass his spending plan and an infrastructure bill, parents revolting against government schools, and foreign policy fumbling have his approval rating baldly upside down. But there is one crisis that Biden could fix, or at least significantly ameliorate in fairly short order. That is the border. And there are signs, faint though they be, that the administration is finally understanding this.

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The reason we know that Uncle Joe could turn around the border crisis relatively quickly is that a mere 10 months ago there wasn’t a border crisis and all of the tools that President Trump used to secure our boundary with Mexico are still in the White House’s utility belt.

A hopeful sign is the administration’s apparent willingness to return to the Trump era, “Remain in Mexico” policy, an essential element of staunching the tide of illegal migrants. Cynics will say that Biden is only reversing course on this policy because a court is demanding it. Perhaps so, but the court order also gives Biden political cover, he can get tougher on the border and say to his progressive base, “Here’s the deal folks, my hands are tied.”

The key aspect to the Remain in Mexico policy is the Mexico part. Vice President Harris, nominally in charge of a border she seems to have no interest in, says we must focus on root causes. But make no mistake, Mexico is a root cause, as is the administration’s hapless wink and nod urging of migrants not to come. Mexico can be and has been an effective partner in policing migration, it must become one again…

Trump understood two key things, one that the United States is the single most important economic driver for Mexico, and two that with a fire lit beneath them Mexico can and will play a role in making the border secure.

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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