By Monica Showalter
June 8, 2019
How is this for a sorry state of affairs?
President Trump has announced a deal with Mexico to tamp down the migrant surge in exchange for the U.S. not slapping tariffs on its southern neighbor. According to the New York Times:
WASHINGTON — President Trump backed off his plan to impose tariffs on all Mexican goods and announced via Twitter on Friday night that the United States had reached an agreement with Mexico to reduce the flow of migrants to the southwestern border.
Mr. Trump tweeted the announcement only hours after returning from Europe and following several days of intense and sometimes difficult negotiations between American and Mexican officials in Washington.
The U.S. gets something, Mexico gets something, and the dealmaker in chief got the deal entirely done while he was otherwise busy in Europe.
House Democrats? Not so much. These leftist crazies have blocked money for a wall, forcing Customs and Border Patrol agents to catch migrants by hand. They aren’t going to help with a border wall, and now their left-wing activist buddies are tying the matter up in court, while their media handmaidens are cranking out the individual migrant sob stories to make Trump’s bid to protect the U.S. border look like the act of a heel.
Now they’re blocking even detention center money for the benefit of detained migrants who’ve broken U.S. immigration law. According to the Washington Post, the border surge, with its 144,000 apprehensions has created immense budget pressure:
The Trump administration is canceling English classes, recreational programs and legal aid for unaccompanied minors staying in federal migrant shelters nationwide, saying the immigration influx at the southern border has created critical budget pressures.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement has begun discontinuing the funding stream for activities — including soccer — that have been deemed “not directly necessary for the protection of life and safety, including education services, legal services, and recreation,” said Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Mark Weber.
Federal officials have warned Congress that they are facing “a dramatic spike” in unaccompanied minors at the southern border and have asked Congress for $2.9 billion in emergency funding to expand shelters and care. The program could run out of money in late June, and the agency is legally obligated to direct funding to essential services, Weber said.