As Democrats sit on their hands, do nothing, and pass phony legislation legalizing the Dreamers, the crisis at the border remains unabated. Indeed, things are worse than ever.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency reported Wednesday that officials had apprehended more than 132,000 people crossing over in the month of May, shattering the previous month’s record and giving us our worst illegal immigration numbers in more than a decade. According to CBP data, the U.S. is on track to have the highest border crossings in fiscal year 2019 that we’ve had in 13 years, and if that’s not a crisis, we’re not sure what is.
“Our nation is experiencing an unprecedented border security and humanitarian crisis on the southwest border, both at and between our ports of entry,” said the Border Patrol’s Randy Howe. “We are bursting at the seams. It is unsustainable.”
In reaction to this slow-motion invasion (and complete inaction in Congress), President Trump has been backed into a corner. Instead of waiting around for our elected lawmakers to do something about this obvious emergency, he has vowed to implement escalating tariffs against Mexico. The idea is that the threat of economic punishment will force the Mexican government to get serious about preventing Central Americans from using their country as a bridge to the United States. But the truth is that, even if Mexico refuses to help in the way that Trump demands, these tariffs will ultimately satisfy the MAGA agenda.
These tariffs will ultimately ensure that manufacturers have no choice but to move back to the U.S. Further, they will give American businesses the opportunity to replace Mexican goods with their domestic equivalents.
“Should Mexico choose not to cooperate on reducing unlawful migration,” explained Trump, “the sustained imposition of tariffs will produce a massive return of jobs back to American cities and towns.”
Is Trump’s prediction without possibility of failure? Is this strategy foolproof? The answer, to both questions, is a resounding no. The president knows that this is a risky move, but it is a calculated risk with potential to pay off in more ways than one. Furthermore, it is a necessary risk. Necessary because we simply cannot afford to stand idly by and watch our country be taken over by the third world, refugee family by refugee family. It is unacceptable and it is unsustainable.
Trump was elected to fix this problem, and he’s doing everything in his power to do so.