Is President Donald Trump’s new policy with Mexico working? Or is the seasonal drop in migration due to the weather?
First, if you take the May to June average for the last five years of Southern Border illegal migration and end prior to this year or 2018, the average seasonal drop is 9%. Without a doubt, there seems to be something real going on because it just dropped around 300% more than the average season decline.
According to Border Patrol data, there has been a very sharp decrease in the number unaccompanied children, ending what had been a record number of Southern Border crossings by Central American families in 2019. About 200 unaccompanied migrant children are in Border Patrol custody, compared to nearly 3,000 in late May and or early June according to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). However, HHS is still claiming that border services are overloaded by the record year that lasted until June.
Trump credits the Mexican government for deploying its Mexican version of the National Guard to both its Southern border to stop migrants from illegally entering from Guatemala, and to protect its northern border with the US where an ever growing crowd of illegal migrants are trying to request asylum at US ports of entry.
Many people believe the Democrats want open borders because having an inflow of illegal aliens over time can turn a Red State into a Blue State. California is now offering illegal aliens healthcare over and above what they are offering to their own tax paying citizens. Democrats often counter that opposing this migration is racist and inhumane. Of course people from southern countries would prefer the much higher living standard in the US, so in a way they are the true victims of these power plays.
It appears that most politicians want to make political hay and not focus on actually reducing the problem. Tump’s idea of using the Mexican government as a shield (or buttress) for incoming illegals seemed to be working well as a start, but it alone is not a solution– especially because it makes the United States dependent on another neighboring country where opinions and support can easily change.
Sources: U.S. Customs and Border Protection