Helping the Mexican government regain control of the cartels should be a top priority for the Trump administration. Otherwise, the border will continue to be a hopeless mess.
The real danger isn’t that Mexico elected a left-wing populist as president, it’s that the new president won’t be able to govern his country.
Frontrunner Andrés Manuel López Obrador is a radical leftist whose presidency could engender a worse crisis on the southern border.
Much of Mexico and Central America is ruled by cartels, and until we come to terms with the role they play in migrant smuggling, the crisis will worsen.
The Mexican cartels uses migrants to flood the zone and distract Border Patrol from their efforts to smuggle opioids and other drugs across.
Migrants to the United States have become far more likely to claim asylum. The result is a growing backlog of court cases, which harms actual refugees and drags U.S. resources.
A caravan of 1,200 Central Americans headed for the United States could provoke a crisis that forces us to face the root causes of our failed immigration system.
The complexities and realities of the U.S.-Mexico border are inescapable in the Rio Grande Valley, far from the immigration reform platitudes of Washington.
DACA is not a path to legal residency or U.S. citizenship. It’s only a temporary solution. It’s no different than putting a small Band-Aid on a large wound.
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