Monday, June 10, 2019

Trump's New Border Deal With Mexico

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President Trump announced Friday he has signed a trade and immigration deal with Mexico that both countries can live with.

Sen. Diane Feinstein is fuming. Speaker Nancy is nervous and the Republicans are generally rejoicing, because the top priority---even above jobs---with Republicans is "Complete the border wall" and "end illegal immigration."

Be informed. Be aware.

Friday, president Trump announced that his threat to slap tariffs on Mexico resulted in a trade and immigration deal that both countries could live with.

Saturday, the President took to Twitter explaining that as part of the deal, Mexico will immediately "begin buying large quantities of agricultural product from our great patriot farmers."

The substance of the deal will be spilled across newspaper pages and parsed up in local and national news today to minimize the impact of Trump's deal.

You will recall the President had set today, June 10, as the deadline to reach an agreement with Mexico. If an agreement was not reached, the tariffs would incrementally begin.

The Washington Post did report Thursday, prior to Trump signing the deal, that it included Mexico sending up to 6000 National Guard troops to its southern border with Guatemala, a major choke point for Central American migrants in their northbound journey to illegally enter the US.

Mexico has also reportedly agreed to revamp their asylum rules in the region.

Rejoicing Republicans.

According to a new Harvard/Harris Poll, Republican voters rank as their top priority building a continuous wall along the southern border of the United States and Mexico and eliminating illegal immigration.

The wall is the top priority for GOP voters at 26%. Second, at 16%, is reducing the amounts of immigrants allowed into the United States, followed by stimulating American jobs, 13%, and repealing Obamacare at 13%.

Interestingly, only 6% of Republicans see passing an infrastructure spending bill as the President's top priority.

On the other hand, only 4% of Democrats believe protecting our borders and reducing or eliminating illegal immigration is important.

Progressive Democrats and some Republicans are in denial.

It's also important to note that the Harvard/Harris Poll further shows there is not only a divide between Republicans and Democrats but an equally deep divide within the Republican Party itself.

While Republican voters want less illegal immigration, some of the mega-rich Republicans, like the Koch brothers, the US Chamber of Commerce, and others are pushing for an endless stream of immigration.

Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and current Senate Leader Mitch McConnell could have been a great help to President Trump, however, they chose not to be---either out of dislike for Trump or an alliance with the Koch brothers group.

About 1.2 million mostly low-skilled workers are admitted legally each year into the US.

The Center for Immigration Studies has found that the 1.2 million "burdens US taxpayers America's working and middle class while redistributing about $500 billion in wealth every year to the largest employers and newly arrived immigrants."

They say our legal immigration system is the "largest anti-poverty program in the world at the expense of blue-collar Americans and middle-class taxpayers."

This translates to a wage reduction of about 8.5% per US worker.

However, it's the illegal migration, facilitated by the far Left Democrat Party and a few Republicans, that's killing us.

Additionally, newly released detention numbers for the month of May (2019) exceeded the previous month by more than 30%. That's a record for this year and the 3rd consecutive month with over 100,000 detentions and the worst numbers in over a decade.

Do Democrats (and some Republicans) hate Trump more than they love America?

It appears they do.

Nervous Nancy.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi attacked Trump's deal with Mexico. In a released statement she said, "President Trump undermined America's preeminent leadership role in the world by recklessly threatening to impose tariffs on our closest friend and neighbor to the south."

She said,
"We will continue to hold the Trump Administration accountable for its failures to address the humanitarian situation at our southern border. President Trump must stop sabotaging good-faith, constructive, and bi-partisan efforts in Congress..."

The truth is that Trump has relentlessly pushed Congress to help him build a wall---a wall that most Republican voters want and most immigration authorities, including border agents themselves, verify will greatly help in stopping the flow of illegals into our country.

It is becoming more and more apparent that the Democratic Party---the Democrats in the House, in particular, is in chaos. Even Democrat pollsters are questioning whether any of the Democrat candidates can beat Trump in the 2020 election.

The New York Times is trying to shore up the claims of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Diane Feinstein and others who are claiming Trump's deal with Mexico is no big deal.

It is a big deal. By threatening Mexico with tariffs, Trump brought Mexico to the table to work out a deal that could help us get control of our southern border.

The Democrats have repeatedly called the border crises a "faux crises" being whipped up by Trump.

It isn't a "faux crises" and some of it is being funded from the US and England.

Mexican officials have frozen the assets of 26 individuals and entities they allege are tied to human smuggling organizations or to promoting Central American migrant caravans.

They claim the funding for the caravans has come from the US and England. And they have documentation to prove it.

While Mexican authorities did not name the individuals and entities publicly, they brought the information to the negotiating table with the US.

There is no question there is a crisis on our southern border.

To the degree that our borders can be compromised or removed---it is to that degree that our country can be undermined, its foundations removed and its identity erased.

Pray for our President. Pray for our country. Stand strong.

I rarely, if ever quote Thomas Paine, but it was Paine who said:
“THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated”
And someone I enjoy quoting often---Ronald Reagan---said, "A nation that can't control its borders is not a nation."

Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful.