President Trump’s deal with Mexico to slow the flow of Central American migrants to the U.S. is showing signs of working.
The New York Times story, “Mexico’s Crackdown at Its Southern Border, Prompted by Trump, Scares Migrants From Crossing,” describes how families in Central America are reacting to the effort by Mexico to halt migrant travel.
While describing the deployment of Mexican troops as not as significant as promised, the story acknowledges, “Still, the deployment has already disrupted the usual flow of people and commerce passing over this historically porous border, and sown fear among migrants and their smugglers alike.”
President Trump was blasted when he threatened Mexico with tariffs if the country didn’t do more to reduce the flow of migrants from Central America and he was criticized after the deal.
….stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States. Details of the agreement will be released shortly by the State Department. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2019
Initially, news reports claimed the deal didn’t contain anything new that wasn’t already agreed upon.
In addition to the deal with Mexico, President Trump is also planning on a deportation plan to remove illegal aliens from the U.S.
The combined effect sends a message to potential migrants that they might not be able to get to the U.S. and even if you do, you can be deported.
All of this is being done without the help of Congress.
Meanwhile, news about the southern border is having an impact on public opinion.
According to Gallop, immigration reached the highest level as a top issue facing the U.S.