Mexico getting tough thanks to tough-talking Trump

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Chad Groening (

Mexico caravan Oct 2019Mexico appears to be cooperating with the U.S. because President Trump has staked out a tough stance, says the head of an immigration reform think tank.

Near the Mexican town of Tapachula, a caravan of approximately 2,000 migrants was halted by Mexican authorities (pictured at left) over the weekend after only a few hours into a journey that would have brought immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America into Mexico on a trek to the U.S., Fox News reported.

The decisive action by Mexico stands in stark contrast to wave after wave of immigrants who streamed through Mexico to the U.S. border earlier this year, which angered border security advocates but rallied the Left to demand the migrants be allowed legal entry. 

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, says Mexico appears to be cooperating more than he expected.


“And I think there's two reasons for that,” he says. “The first is the threats from the president that it may actually harm their access to our markets and that is clearly part of it."

According to a Los Angeles Times story about the blocked carvan, Mexican authorities are responding to "pressure" from the Trump administration to curb third-country migration by using national guard troops along northbound highways and routes along the Guatemalan border.

Mexico's effort has contributed to a "sharp reduction" of migrants arriving at the U.S. border in recent months, the story said, citing U.S. authorities.

Krikorian told OneNewsNow in a June story that Mexico was cooperating only because President Trump had threatened a five-percent tariff, with a promise to push it to 25 percent, in an effort to force Mexico's hand.

Mexico at the time was attempting to appear to cooperate but in reality was buying bus tickets for migrants and sending them north in smaller groups that draw less attention, Krikorian said during the summer. 

Trump with border wall prototypePerhaps more importantly than Trump's tough stance, Krikorian adds, Mexico is cooperating because the migrants they are stopping are not native Mexicans.

“These people are foreigners,” he explains. “It doesn't matter whether they're from Central America or Africa, or the Middle East. The Mexican public is getting fed up with this. They've gotten tired of these foreigner traipsing thorough their country and using it as a doormat."

It hasn’t helped that foreigners have assaulted and fought with Mexican authorities while on Mexican territory, he says.

Krikorian told OneNewsNow in a June story that Mexico was cooperating only because President Trump had threatened a five-percent tariff, with a promise to push it to 25 percent, in an effort to force Mexico's hand.

Among the Mexican population itself, Krikorian says the number of native Mexicans sneaking across the U.S. border has dropped over time, too. He credits the gradual movement of job-seeking rural Mexicans into their own cities, rather than in the U.S., for the gradual decline. 

Editor's Note: Additional comments from Mark Krikorian have been added to this story.


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