President Trump said Sunday that he was done messing around with Democrats and recalcitrant Republicans on the subject of illegal immigration.
“Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. ‘Caravans’ coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!” the president tweeted.
Trump was almost certainly referring to a new story reported by BuzzFeed and other outlets this weekend. Thanks to Pueblos Sin Fronteras, a caravan of illegal immigrants traveled through Mexico to the U.S. border last week without any prior authorization from the Mexican government. According to the report, the majority of the immigrants making the trek are from Honduras. Mexican officials have done nothing to stop the caravan from heading north to the border, where they undoubtedly have a scheme to get into the United States undetected. The stated mission of Pueblos Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders) is to provide safe passage for migrants who want to relocate to the U.S.
In remarks on Fox News this weekend, National Border Patrol Council chief Brandon Judd said that these migrants were counting on the U.S. policy of catch and release. While waiting for their scheduled hearing dates, many of these illegal immigrants will disappear into the shadows, never to be heard from again. Until, of course, they commit a crime and victimize a U.S. citizen. And even then, if they have the wherewithal to move to California or some other sanctuary city, they’ll be protected from the deportation arm of the federal government.
But Trump’s ire was not directed towards sanctuary laws on Sunday; he’s had it up to here with Mexico failing to live up to its national responsibilities.
“Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S.,” he wrote. “They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!”
“These big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of DACA. They want in on the act!” he added.
The left-wing media jumped on this last comment to drum up ridiculous headlines like “Trump doesn’t even understand what DACA is.” They’re saying that because DACA protections do not apply to new arrivals, Trump just showed his ignorance.
Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. The BIGGEST SINGLE PROBLEM with DACA (or any other form of amnesty) is that it does exactly what Trump is suggesting. It hangs a carrot out to future illegal immigrants and tells them, “Hey, if you come here, stick around a while and wait for the political winds to change, we’ll eventually see to it that you’re legalized. So why not take the chance!?”
Trump has taken a barrage of criticism from some of his most loyal supporters in recent weeks because he signed that spending bill without getting any real funding for the wall. Perhaps that momentary shift in the support of his base has made him realize that it’s time to stop fooling around with this issue and get tough. Let’s hope so, because if things go south in the November midterms, our last chance to do something truly historic on immigration could slip right through our fingers.