By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) An immigration attorney says POTUS Donald Trump will likely pressure congressional opponents to come up with a mutually acceptable border security agreement in the coming days following a visit by leading Democrats to the U.S.-Mexico border over the weekend, in which they were able to witness the migrant crisis first hand that they initially claimed wasn’t real.
In an interview with the Fox Business Network‘s Neil Cavuto, attorney John Gihon said that POTUS is always looking for negotiating leverage with Democrats because he can’t get what he wants to do on the border by himself.
As such, the president may believe he has gained some negotiating power to act now, not after the 2020 elections, after a Democratic delegation led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) saw the overcrowded conditions at a migrant detention facility in Texas.
That said, Gihon noted that the real progress in border security is actually being made by Mexico following a Joint Agreement between the Trump administration and Mexico City earlier this summer following the president’s threat of imposing new tariffs on our southern neighbor if it did not do more to interdict migrant caravans crossing illegally through Mexican territory.
“Mexico has really stepped up and done things in Mexico to people who are coming in from the Northern Triangle countries that we simply can’t do under our laws,” Gihon noted.
“So Mexico can just stop them, detain them, and remove them in an expedited fashion where most of those individuals, if they made it to the United States, we could not do that,” he continued.
“And so Mexico is afraid of tariffs, they’re afraid of all these threats the president has put on them,” Gihon added. “So that has really started to stem the tide, along with extremely hot temperatures in the Southwest.”
Gihon also noted that illegal border crossings normally “die down” this time of year, but clearly, he adds, Mexico’s efforts are helping to reduce the flow dramatically.
Still, Trump “is trying to do everything he can within the law and at the edges of the law to stop what he sees as a huge humanitarian problem,” Gihon noted.
In June, we reported that it didn’t take Mexico long to begin implementing border security measures after signing a joint agreement with the Trump administration that staved off tariffs.
That effort included deploying thousands of troops and dramatically stepping up internal enforcement efforts.
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