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Border Crisis and Harris Hooey

HarrisVice President Harris, tasked with reversing Biden’s ill-conceived border crisis – mass illegal migration prompted by ‘catch and release,’ no deportation, housing illegal minors, ending deterrence – has hit a new low.  Ignoring public facts, she blames Trump for the crisis.  This is pure Harris hooey. The facts are all with Trump.

Last week, Harris – AWOL on border policy correction – decided the best defense is offense, so claimed that Trump’s policies in Central America triggered the mass inflow after January 2021.  Problem is – facts say the reverse.  See, e.g., https://www.foxnews.com/politics/kamala-harris-southern-border-central-america-trip.

In contrast to Biden-Harris’ red carpet for illegal entrants, Trump’s policies on Central America were highly effective.  They involved carrot and stick, just like forcing Mexico to link law enforcement and trade worked to fortify Mexico’s southern border, retain asylum seekers, and assist on our border.

Specifically, Trump conditioned generous US support to three Central American countries on higher levels of cooperation in addressing illegal migration.  This is the definition of carrot-and-stick diplomacy.  Did it work?  In spades.

Unclassified reports on the Trump policy, and what happened afterward, are clear.  The Trump team adopted a highly proactive effort to engage Central America, codified in their “US Strategy for Central America.  See, https://www.state.gov/u-s-strategy-for-central-america/.

Contrary to Harris’ claims, the strategy was focused on reducing illegal immigration and drug trafficking. It recognized that “the region is relatively free from armed conflict, politically stable, and a strong economic partner, importing over $27 billion in US goods in 2017,” yet “suffers from high rates of violence and crime” based on “weak judicial systems” and poverty.

Accordingly, the Trump team pressed a bipartisan plan – real, not in name only – that delivered hundreds of millions in aid, trade, security, training, and institution-building.  Like similar efforts in the early 2000s across Latin America – which produced measurable returns – the Trump team leaned forward.  They also required accountability.

As a result, three things happened.  US aid flowed, generating measurable returns in these countries.  US aid was halted, or tapered and made conditional when results lagged – then resumed when cooperation on rule of law issues ensued.  And – guess what? – illegal immigration came down.

Numbers tell the story.  In a State Department report filed with Congress – which Harris received – major success metrics were reported.  In 2018, Trump’s Central America Strategy boosted the region’s economy by $140 million in economic activity, generating 30,000 new jobs, reinforced rule of law with support to 1,000 civil society organizations, trained 1,700 human rights defenders, improved case management in 350 courts, trained 9,000 judicial personnel, “reached nearly 120,000 at-risk youth, primarily in high-crime urban areas, with social services,” supported law enforcement in seizing “over 106,000 kilograms of illegal narcotics,” and in urban areas where violence drives migration “reduced homicide rates” between 40 and 73 percent in two years.  See, e.g., https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/FY-2020-CEN-Strategy-Progress.pdf.

Having established a baseline for support, including elevated trade, Trump’s team then insisted on accountability.  When that lagged, they acted.  “In March 2019, the President announced the suspension of assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to encourage these countries to do more to prevent illegal immigration to the United States.”

The effect was immediate.  A year later, State and USAID reported:  “Since then, enhanced migration cooperation with these governments has contributed to sharp declines in border arrivals,” adding “DHS encounters of Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Honduran migrants along the U.S. southern border decreased from 623,666 in FY 2019 to 93,679 in the first eleven months in FY 2020 (October 2019 to August 2020),” and “the three governments have also signed a combined 15 agreements and arrangements with the United States to enhance border security, increase asylum cooperation, strengthen information sharing, and promote access to temporary employment opportunities in the United States.”

Endgame?  “As a result of the significant reduction in illegal immigration flows, the White House supports moving forward with U.S. assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.”  In other words, once accountability was reestablished, the Trump team reinitiated major programs to support both economic activities and rule of law in these source countries for illegal migration.

What happened then?  Simple, Trump’s targeted, life-changing assistance and insistence on accountability generated – once again – major results.  Specifically, “between October 2019 and May 2020, the White House approved approximately $714 million in FY 2017, FY 2018, FY 2019, and FY 2020 foreign assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras,” and the impact was felt.

Numbers again tell the story.  The number of US person-hours dedicated to economic training went from near 4,000 to more than 28,000. The dollar value of exports and domestic sales went from 92 million in the last year of Obama-Biden to 141 million in FY 2019, the same year the Trump strategy was credited with creating more than 31,000 jobs in the region.  The number of people with improved economic benefits went from 22,000 to 70,000.  Workplace development programs went from 2,400 to 19,000.

On the rule of law side, things were equally impressive.  At-risk youth trained went from 790 to 41,630 between 2016 and mid-2019, 52 times as many trained under Trump as under Obama-Biden.  Civil society organizations helped jumped from 713 to 1094.

Notably, the number of felony convictions in the three most troubled countries – all increased under Trump’s strategy.  In El Salvador, convictions jumped from 6,994 to 20, 707.   In Guatemala, convictions jumped from 18,536 to 56 481.  In Honduras, they leaped from 270 to 2,683.   So, by this measure, rule of law jumped three-fold in El Salvador and Guatemala and 10-fold in Honduras.

Do you see what this means?  At the same time Trump pushed border security, driving down illegal aliens entering the US by coordinated action with Mexico and federal law enforcement, he also drove up the economies, up the youth training, and down the crime numbers in the three leading countries pushing illegal aliens north.

Now – truth:  Harris just asserted the exact opposite.  Rather than admit Biden-Harris policies invite illegal immigration, reduce deterrence, undermine the region’s long-term economy, security, stability, and self-reliance; rather than admit these policies endanger US public health and safety; rather than admit these ill-conceived policies produce a train of human rights abuses; rather than admit Trump’s carrot-and-stick diplomacy worked – she said the exact reverse.

On one hand, the Biden-Harris Administration seems content to misrepresent reality, downplaying foreign, domestic, and border crises – this one of their own making- for political gain.  On the other, incontrovertible facts offer a strong testament:  The Biden-Harris border policies are a disaster.  Trump’s carrot-and-stick diplomacy worked and helped all countries involved.  How about we go back to what works – and ditch the Harris hooey?


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Rich
1 year ago

If these jokers really DID think that it was all Trump’s fault, they should just send the socialist media down there and do a complete investigative report. Problem is, they don’t want the American people to see the crisis that THEY have created. Remember, the democrat/socialists are masters of the blame game. Enough said.

David Parrish
1 year ago

Hey just remember in 1/23 when we have the House back that these morons need to be impeached. Let’s do it one crime at a time so we can set some new impeachment number records. These idiots have committed so many crimes that we could impeach them until the 22nd century!!!!

Denzil
1 year ago
Reply to  David Parrish

They might deserve impeachment but I don’t think the Republican Party has the stones to impeach anybody. They seem to forget all the things that were dumped on us when they didn’t care to follow the law and try to play by the rules. It’s kind of like going to war when we follow the Geneva convention and everybody else does whatever they want. So we end up struggling to get through to win. If we can fight Apples to Apples and oranges oranges our enemies wouldn’t stand a chance. I think some days it would be nice in giving liberals a taste of their own medicine.

David Parrish
1 year ago

I hope old witchy pooh doesn’t giggle itself to death!!!

Reality
1 year ago

The steal America tour. Let all the terrorists in and give them all of the free benefits from our pockets, and tell Americans that we are a racist country!!! All in the name of stealing elections that democrats could never win with their cockamamie platform of phony propaganda!!!

Hen3ry
1 year ago

Harris is like a bargain priced BOGO.
Two for the price of one.
Incompetent And Narcissistic
How unfortunate for us.

G4GUZMAN
1 year ago

please remove these tyrants from office for TREASONOUS ACTS TO AMERICAN CITIZENS

Cliff Cannon
1 year ago

The truth is always there for all to see. If they’re willing to look for it and to recognize it. You can lead a person to knowledge but you can’t make them think… Trump 2024!

Karen
1 year ago

Keep prayin’ Repubs…..maybe somethin’ good will happen.

Garye
1 year ago

You said it perfectly Will.
Ignorant fools to proud to recognize its true!
That, plus election fraud is how we got here.
So what are WE the People willing to invest for Freedom?????

Gary1940
1 year ago

If you think Obama walked away with a ton of money, just wait till Biden’s bunch get removed.

Gary1940
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary1940

The way the drugs are coming across the border, I think someone’s son has a shortage.

44fraud
1 year ago

Ignorant article writers ignore or refuse to acknowledge the fact that Harris is Constitutionally-ineligible for the Executive Office because she is not a natural born Citizen.

Nick Patriot
1 year ago
Reply to  44fraud

The Constitution is just a piece of paper to these devils! Their go to book is written by Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels!

Carol Adams
1 year ago
Reply to  44fraud

Well dems have a habit of electing ineligible candidates…. harris will be the 2nd dem president ineligible due to birth.

44fraud
1 year ago

When Kamala Harris was born, her parents were not subject to the complete jurisdiction thereof, so how could Kamala Harris even be a plain-vanilla STATUTORY US citizen? She definitely is not a natural born Citizen because a natural born Citizen requires that both parents be US citizens when one is born in the USA. Harris is an undocumented alien. 

Nick Patriot
1 year ago

Comrades pelosi, biden and the laughing commie, Kumala are just the three stooges for the head commie devil! None other than that muslim comrade Obama! Does anyone doubt he is running the show? Comrade O hates America. He identifies with the devils who crashed the planes into the World Trade Centers instead of the Americans who built them. And the worthless republicans won’t fight back. Not even a whimper cause they are in on it! What other reason could there be??

Garye
1 year ago

Mr. Charles, a great and factual article, thank you.
It appears that this pair and the democrats share a couple common threads, hypocrisy and deliberate ignorance.
OUR Country deserves way better.
I pray that Citizens are up to freedoms challenge.
Voters demand for accountability,responsibility and morality must prompt a powerful rebuttal of the democrats destruction of America.
We the People, bonded together by the Constitution, our God given rights and belief in Freedom are the fabric of this Country.
Remember they work FOR Citizens, if not, WE remove them!

Harold
1 year ago
Reply to  Garye

I totally agree.

Keith H
1 year ago

Stupid Commie, Old Heels Up Harris !! That’s all that Cow knows. She’s as dumb as all the other Cow’s in that brain dead party. They put her in charge to do exactly what she does all the time, “NOTHING”. They don’t care. Those criminals are going to kill us, and these United States with the help of the Rino’s. If we don’t stop them. America and the World would be a better place. Without all that worthless trash !! “PRAISE GOD AND PASS THE AMUNITION”

Harold
1 year ago
Reply to  Keith H

I like the way you think.

Lee S McQuillen
1 year ago
Reply to  Keith H

You may be thinking correctly but you express it nastily. Wise up!

JEFFREY C JONES
1 year ago

The only way to save the USA from the leftist commie takeover is to arrest, try and execute them all…There is a civil war coming and all the America haters will be destroyed!!!

Carol Adams
1 year ago

Dont hold your breath for arrest and trials. Where is john durham? Why are hilary, Comey and other liars to congress not in jail. Because there is no one in the justice system who will indict them…and certainly not in the Biden administration.

DON RUCKMAN
1 year ago

Demencia JOE and the hoe need to go .

Dennis patrick McEvoy
1 year ago

what a bunch of Bull S t

Jesse F Tiede
1 year ago

Harris is the typical Democrat! You know how to tell when she is lying? Her lips are moving…

Walter
1 year ago

I agree the world is laughing at us, and guess what they all are getting a check from the American Taxpayers via Biden & Harris. I truly believe then these misguided Left Socialist politicians like Biden, et. al are getting kick back money. Ref the Navy LT B. The only losers here are the American Taxpayers. Trump had the border under control. Harris & Biden want to put the cart before the donkey and go and talk with Central American leaders. How did these idiots get in office? You listen to your Border patrol & Homeland Security then shut down the border first, like President Trump did. You do not need to reinvent the wheel that already is proven. I suspect Biden and Harris will write out another big check to Central American countries–You cannot buy friends. Frankly, I do not want one more of our tax payer funds to support ILLEGAS or the crazed Democratic Socialist agenda. They are destroying our Great Country.

Jesse F Tiede
1 year ago
Reply to  Walter

How did they get into office? What, you not paying any attention when they STOLE the 2020 elections, or were you living under a rock somewhere?

Lee S McQuillen
1 year ago
Reply to  Jesse F Tiede

They also got into office by espousing lies, lies, lies. A woman told me she would not vote for Trump because he was going to raise taxes! She needs to listen to people with the real information, not MSM! And, she was over 60 and should have known better.

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