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The Real Reason for the Border Crisis

AMAC Exclusive – by Daniel Roman

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One of the most misunderstood aspects of the U.S.-Mexican border crisis is that the problem of migrants crossing the border is not primarily about Mexican citizens crossing into the United States. This may seem like a small, point, but there is a reason that the most recent border stories were about Haitians streaming across the United States’ southern border. During much of the Trump and Obama years, the illegal migrants posing the biggest problems tended to be from Central America. For all the flaws of the Mexican state, Mexico is for the most part not in a condition where millions will flee to the United States. Mexican citizens do cross the border for economic activity and even work, but generally do so in an ordered way.

Donald Trump, for all the grief he received from the media, actually recognized that border security, was about, well, security. A vast unguarded border attracted anyone from anywhere in the world who wished to enter the United States to march across Mexico and try their luck. This was a security issue for Mexico as much as it was for the United States. During their passage through Mexico, migrant caravans are often in effect pillaging expeditions more on par with the illegal immigration the Roman Empire faced from marauding tribesmen, and as a result violence often breaks out between the caravans and locals who try to resist them.

That was why “building the wall” was only one component of the policies that managed to get the situation on the southern border under control. The Trump administration recognized that there were limits to what the United States could do alone, and so it formed partnerships with Mexico and Central American states. When it came to Mexico, President Trump adopted a carrot and stick approach with President Andreas Obrador. On the one hand, the United States made clear that the American-Mexican relationship was dependent on a secure border. On the other, the United States offered to work closely with Mexico to help control Mexico’s own southern border, which had the advantage of being more impassible and much shorter.

The result was the creation of a Wall along Mexico’s own southern border. Combined with increased enforcement, helped by cooperation between the United States, Mexico, and Guatemala, the volume of migrants was cut dramatically. Mexico deployed 12,000 additional National Guardsman, and detentions of migrants reached 31,416 in June of 2019.

This success did not sit well with everyone, including the advocacy group which provided the numbers mentioned above. The same type of accusations which the American left loves to throw at U.S. border officials and ICE were also levied at the Mexicans and Guatemalans, and the American media is often willing to believe the worst of countries they view as “backwards.” Soon came charges, including from the United Nations, that Mexico was violating the rights of asylum seekers, and that the U.S. was complicit.

Ostensibly moved by these complaints, the Biden Administration ceased cooperation with the Mexican and Guatemalan authorities. For all the talk about whether Biden implicitly or explicitly urged migrants to cross the American border, through this decision he clearly instructed the Mexican and Guatemalan governments not to stop migrants at the border between those two countries, and indicated that if they did so he would consider them to be violating the human rights of migrants. In the process, Biden, predictably moved the problem 900 miles northward to the U.S. border.

Democrats are not entirely wrong when they say that “border security” for the United States is not solely a matter of enforcement on the U.S. side. Any effective border policy has to involve cooperation on security with America’s neighbors. But rather than pursuing that cooperation, Biden has treated Mexico and Central American states with the same hostile disdain he showed for NATO allies in Afghanistan.

For much of this year, the Biden Administration has been attempting to rebuild a relationship with Mexico that has all but collapsed. The Biden Administration turned a cold shoulder to Obrador after Obrador, who always felt he had been robbed of a prior presidential election in Mexico, declined to recognize Biden’s election for several weeks after November 2020. The result was an end to cooperation on security. While Biden held a summit with Obrador in early 2021 to try and reset the relationship, within weeks the Biden Administration was calling Obrador an authoritarian and attacking Mexico’s domestic human rights record.

The latter appears to be par for course. The Trump Administration made very clear that what it wanted from Mexico and Guatemala was a healthy relationship with the United States and cooperation on key issues of importance to American citizens. Corruption and domestic political issues in Mexico and Guatemala, while certainly matters the U.S. might care about as part of a much larger relationship with those countries, was not the primary business of the American President. Trump also recognized that trying to micromanage foreign security forces was futile and a recipe for a toxic relationship. It didn’t work in Afghanistan and was likely to be both ineffective and insulting in the Americas as well.

Yet the Biden Administration has prioritized an “anti-corruption” drive in the region over any sort of economic or security cooperation. While admirable in principle, the standards of anti-corruption the Biden Administration seeks are culturally alien, and in practice the program means supporting the creation of all powerful “anti-corruption czars,” prosecutors totally independent of elected officials who are capable of prosecuting or removing politicians from office. In effect, the Biden vision of anti-corruption is to require the creation of a “super-Mueller” in every Central American country, and then to threaten sanctions and a withdrawal of support if elected officials defy or try and remove them.

These positions have inevitably become political, just as the Mueller inquiry did in the United States. In practice, this has come off not just as a form of “Yankee imperialism” beyond anything Donald Trump was accused of, but has further convinced most leaders that Biden is set on their removal from office. As such, they have no reason to cooperate with him. If they do so, especially on migration, Biden’s “anti-corruption” czars will accuse them of human rights abuses and remove them. If they do not, Biden will accuse them of corruption. It is a no-win situation, and it is hardly a surprise that local leaders have stopped even trying.

The result has been what everyone is witnessing on America’s southern border. Biden is responsible for the crisis, not merely for undermining ICE or restricting the Border Patrol. He caused the crisis by destroying America’s relations with its southern neighbors and ending the successful policy of cooperation his predecessor established.

America’s southern border has long been a security threat, but it was not a hostile border until Joe Biden took office. Biden has ensured that the border is not only unsecured, but that the United States has hostile relationships with the nations we need to make it secure. That is a novel disaster.

Daniel Roman is the pen name of a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a Master’s degree in Iranian Studies.

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Ed
28 days ago

The braindead idiot in the White House invited them!

Robin Walter Boyd
1 month ago

I would think by now that most American citizens understand that preventing people from illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico has very little to do with Mexican citizens. The Mexican-U.S. border has simply become an open gateway for illegal aliens from nations around the world to illegally enter the U.S. for a variety of reasons. Middle Eastern terrorists use the Mexican border to gain access to the U.S. as do those fleeing Socialist oppressed nations. We are under attack at the Mexican border! Yes, some of those abusing the U.S. are Mexican. Mexican drug cartels are moving drugs and illegal Mexican slaves into the U.S. as well. By not securing the Mexican border, we are doing as much harm to Mexican citizens as we are to American citizens.

Nessie
1 month ago

Remain in Mexico was working. Why did Biden abandon it?

Craig the Czech
1 month ago

This is madness. There’s no guarantee it will help Democrats. Why would they do this, unless something truly sinister is afoot.

NickSJ
1 month ago

This article describes details but doesn’t address the real reason for the border crisis. Dems want open borders to replace the current electorate with one which will vote along racial lines for the one party socialist state they are trying to create. They are well on their way to succeeding. Venezuela is in our future.

Greg Daniels
1 month ago

After constantly telling the voters in 2020 that they were going to reverse the ‘inhumane’ policies of the Trump administration, it’s not surprising that illegals are flooding in.

Walter Talley
1 month ago

The real reason behind the open borders is to pad their constituency with everybody they think will vote for them them being the Democrats that is the only reason though they will not admit it. They actually are aiding and abetting criminals by allowing said people to cross borders without any kind of vetting at all and then on top of that they secretly transport them to various locations throughout the United States at night late at night I might add. That’s your Democratic party at work as far as I’m concerned they are the enemy and they’re on top of my list to fight them every step of their sorry protocol procedures. Be advised.

George W Holzman
1 month ago

I say we should start shooting the illeagle sum bags This way they will start running back into Mexico , they will tell others not to come , and it will bring attention of our government to this crisis.

Becky
1 month ago

The border is a disaster because the Communist Party wants those voters. Period.
And….flooding a country with foreign leeches to break it’s bank is a tried and true means to establishing a Communist state.

ExGOP Texas
1 month ago

The trump administration did not mention the corruption of the Mexican government because they used it as a model for their own. The trump administration wanted to profit as much as possible from their positions and they wanted to force various levels of government to disenfranchise American voters so that they could stay in power.

Peter Shanahan
1 month ago
Reply to  ExGOP Texas

That is purely without evidence. You’re either being disingenuous or delusional.

Ed
28 days ago
Reply to  ExGOP Texas

Democrat fraud and corruption is entirely responsible for the “disenfranchisement” of the people!

irene
1 month ago

the demon rats are in league with the drug cartels and the child sex rings. and many people are seeing the truth of this evil party and leaving so they have to import stooges to join it. I live in a town with many idiot hispanics in town who join this party even when they see that they have killed black babies to the point that black americans are decreasing in number and think they will not do the same to them when they are used up and are not of serve for this party of really communists.

Jacob Patrik Wolmer
15 days ago
Reply to  irene

You are a fool.

Jacob Patrik Wolmer
15 days ago

Suck my penis

Marc Ziegler
1 month ago

What do you think would happen to the border if you put and idiot in charge like Biden, a swamp creature with no brains and totally inapt. God help us if someone slips across the border with a suitcase bomb and blow us all to He**. Biden would probably be in his basement asleep and no help….!!!!

Pete from St Pete
1 month ago

Just wait until those Haitians who have been traversing the roadless swamp in southern Panama get to our border. After the deprivations and loss of life they suffered in getting here (based on the promises of free passage by Biden) they will not take it lightly if they are not allowed across our border. There will be blood shed.

Joanne 4 justice
1 month ago

Biden is not the only GUILTY PARTY. I AM SURE MR SOROS AND HIS OPEN SOCIETY ARE FINANCING ENCOURAGING
AND HELPING THEM WITH .STRONG ASSISTANCE FROM THE SOCIALIST DEM.
PARTY !!!!
ALL THREE OF THESE DISCIPLINES WORK VERY CLOSELY .
TOGETHER !!!!!!!!!!!

….

Orren Cross
1 month ago

I’m sure that Soros is happy to sit back and watch Biden and company screw it up all on their own without any help.

ExGOP Texas
1 month ago

So those women and children are going to attack us with their water bottles?

Ed
28 days ago
Reply to  ExGOP Texas

EcGOP because your brain stopped working?

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago

Starting 60 years ago, there needed to be the U.S.Army down there with shoot to kill orders.

Hominid
1 month ago

Just that simple – repel the invasion. A well-publicized warning that invaders will be shot, with perhaps a couple actually shot to show serious intent, would have been all it took to stem the invasion.

ExGOP Texas
1 month ago

Their is the real GOP – just murder people who people think may be illegal immigrants. If they accidentally kill a bunch of US citizens, that is acceptable?

Al Gore Rhythm
1 month ago
Reply to  ExGOP Texas

Mr. ExGOP, it’s not the “real” GOP and you know it. Then again, maybe you don’t. You don’t seem to bright. Incidentally, “Their” is the wrong spelling. You must have meant “There”. Anyway, the point is the USA could easily stop the flow of the well intentioned, but illegal, immigrants, along with the criminals and likely terrorists who hide among them, immediately. It might take force, but the threat of force alone would probably do it. Other countries you doubtless admire, like China, under the same circumstances, would fire their weapons without a second thought. Of course, who wants to march into China?

Speaking of China, I’m surprised the US elite leftists don’t appreciate China more, considering Beijing’s world view, their enviable human rights record, their carbon neutral status, and their governments well-known tolerance of violent protest- such as arson- among it’s citizens.

Al Gore Rhythm
1 month ago
Reply to  Al Gore Rhythm

By the way, my “too” was corrected to “to” when I sent it.
Maybe this happened to you :)

David
1 month ago

Chinese fentanyl coming across the border has killed more people in the last two years than covid, the CCP owns Biden and the democrats, that’s why we have an open border, China needs a market for their product.

Ronda Jobe
1 month ago

What an excellent article! I commend you for writing the facts and the truth!

john W Mohr Jr
1 month ago

The rule of Law must prevail. Understood that opportunity in the USA exceeds most anywhere else in the world

Joanne 4 justice
1 month ago
Reply to  john W Mohr Jr

BIDEN AND HIS COMRADES ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO DESTROY AMERICA !!!!! IN EXCHANGE FOR POWER TOTAL CONTROL AND $$$$$$$$$$$ PLEASE TAKE THIS COMMENT SERIOUSLY!!!!!! THIS ISSSUE IS HAPPENING AS WE SPEAK IN CALIFORNIA ! THE SOCIALIST DE ALASANDRO PELOSI MAFIA AND THE JERRY BROWN CLAN CONTROL ALL OF
CALIFORNIA FROM HEADQUARTERS IN
SACRAMENTO AND SAN FRAN !!!!!!! THE
GOLDEN . STATE IS A HUGE SOURCE OF TAX REVENUE TO SPEND
GREEDILY !!!!! TAXES TAXES AND TAXES !!

Michael l Javick Ret US Army
1 month ago

Zukerberg’s META = Make Everything Trump Again ! Pass it on !

HocasPocas
1 month ago

One can only hope

The Paraclete
1 month ago

That’s great! Zuckerburg is a real Dick Face.

Backwoods
1 month ago

I can not say what I want because it will create too much fear in the sheeple. Just keep your iron lubed and ready.

Granny39
1 month ago

The demonrats all want he illegals here so they can get votes. No American in their right mind would have voted for Biden/Harris morons.

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Granny39

They don’t need votes, they already figured out how to rig the machines. These people are coming to get trained as brown shirts

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