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Defying the Hysterics, Mexico Starts Caving to Trump’s Tariff Threats

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Mexican federal police in riot gear receive instructions at the border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Members of a 3,000-strong migrant caravan have massed in this Guatemalan border town across the muddy Suchiate River from Mexico, as U.S. President Donald Trump threatens retaliation if they continue toward the United States. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

I’ve been critical of Trump’s trade policies at times. My instinct is to oppose tariffs, especially if they are targeted to benefit certain industries at the expense of consumers and other workers. For example, I don’t think Pennsylvania residents are inherently more entitled to steel manufacturing jobs than any other American. Trump’s messaging can often be confusing and that’s been part of the issue. Tariffs as leverage are good. Tariffs as a means to their own end are inevitably harmful.

Despite my prior concerns, at some point I made the decision that I was done reacting rashly toward the President’s trade policy. I found much of the hysteria on the right over every new rumor of a tariff to be tedious and an overreaction. The economy is not going to crash because your Chipotle burrito might cost $0.05 more and even dealing with the bigger items, we were actually talking small fractions of the overall price being affected. One could certainly argue that even small increases are worthy of disapproval and harmful, but the constant preaching of Armageddon is all just a bit much.

I say all that to say that when President Trump announced new tariff threats toward Mexico in order to get them to help with illegal immigration, I took a wait and see approach. It was clear to me that this was a leverage play and that Mexico had far more to lose than we did. I opined at the time that I doubted they’d ever even go into effect.

I may end up being right because Mexico is currently in the process of caving to Trump’s demands.

This follows reports that Mexico is already beefing up its southern border.

Mexican soldiers, armed police and migration officials blocked hundreds of migrants after they crossed the border from Guatemala in a caravan into southern Mexico on Wednesday, and detained dozens of them, a witness from a migrant aid group and an official said.

The Mexican response in the border town of Metapa, which included dozens of soldiers, marked a toughening of the government’s efforts to curb the flow of mainly Central American migrants, said Salva Cruz, a coordinator with Fray Matias de Cordova.

“That many sailors and military police, yes, it’s new,” Cruz said, by WhatsApp, from Metapa, in the southern border state of Chiapas, where the vast majority of migrants cross into Mexico.

Things are moving quickly and there’s still a lot up in the air but what’s clear is that Mexico got the message.

They have no desire to take the hit when they so heavily rely on exports to the U.S. for their economic stability. In the past, the Mexicans have rebuffed signing a “safe 3rd country” agreement with us. We have such an agreement with Canada already. What it essentially does is say that migrants (they aren’t technically illegal aliens yet) must make their asylum claims in the first country they arrive in that isn’t their own. Guatemalans must do so in Mexico while Hondurans would do so in Guatemala, etc.

This helps stem the flow of “asylum shopping,” where migrants pass up perfectly safe offers of asylum in order to get to the U.S. for economic reasons. Asylum is not an ticket to try to find the best situation possible. It’s there to mitigate life threatening situations.

Now, Mexico and Guatemala are working with us to setup proper asylum procedures, where they aren’t making a dangerous 2,000 mile trip when asylum is being offered to them where they are in Mexico.

The news has some conservatives changing their tune on the whole ordeal.

Good for Shapiro. One of the reasons I enjoy his material is that he does his best to be an honest broker. He’s willing to admit he was wrong here when a lot of other “conservative” voices wouldn’t.

If I’m Donald Trump, I take this deal or something close to it. There’s only so much Mexico can do and these latest terms seem like a max effort to me. It’s unrealistic to think they can actually stop all migrant flows to the the U.S. but if they are willing to help us enforce logical asylum policies and send thousands of troops to their southern border, that’s a big win for the President.

Even if a deal is struck in the next few days, one thing is certain. Democrats will oppose it because the goal for them has never been to stop illegal immigration or secure the border. They want these people making the inhuman journey at the behest of the cartels because they see these people as political leverage. No doubt some liberal judge will attempt to get involved here as well.

Regardless, it appears that Trump’s leverage play has worked and perhaps that’ll earn him a little more benefit of the doubt next time. Ah, who am I kidding?

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The Joint Chiefs of Staff Reinstitute, The Strategic Private

Yesterday (April 23), my good friend and fellow Military Vet, Streiff, published a great synopsis and analysis of the recent incident on our Southern Border. Mexican Soldiers crossed into the United States and disarmed two U.S Army Soldiers, a Sergeant and a Private, before ultimately letting them go and returning back to the Mexican side of the border. Streiff draws some pretty interesting conclusions regarding the on-the-ground situation. Please take the time to read his piece to get situational awareness before reading this one.

Today I had the pleasure of calling in to the David Webb show on Sirius XM. Webb (who is a former Marine) and I had a pretty decent discussion about the Rules Of Engagement (ROE) on the Southern Border. We also chatted about a concept I learned during my last two tours over in the Sandbox: The Strategic Private.

Normally when we think of “strategic,” we think of star bedecked Generals and gray-haired civilian politicians in suits, not some 19-year-old kid. After all, 19-year-olds don’t make strategic decisions…or do they? A Strategic Private is a Soldier* (could even be a Sergeant)who does something or is involved in something that comes to National or even International attention, thus bringing unwanted opprobrium on his superiors. One infamous and internationally known example is Private Lynndie England, who posed for a picture holding a leash around an Arab prisoner’s neck at Abu Ghraib prison. This among other pictures of Conduct Unbecoming by our Troops at Abu Ghraib, are in some quarters credited with causing an increase in terror attacks on U.S citizens.

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Our most recent Strategic Privates are an Army Sergeant and Private who while manning a temporary observation position near the border, were detained and disarmed on US soil by Mexican troops. In this case, it’s not at all apparent that these two Soldiers did anything wrong enroute to becoming “strategic.” However, their senior leaders might have—leaders going all the way up to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff whose ROE these young troops are operating under.

Based on a conversation today with a representative from his Public Affairs shop, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the approval authority for the Use Of Force rules now in effect for U.S. Forces and would be the approving authority for any revision of the ROE.

According to the CJCS document issued in 2005 and currently in effect,

Military Members may use deadly force to defend all persons, foreign or domestic, who are faced with imminent threat of death or serious bodily harm, and where lesser means have failed or cannot be reasonably employed.

Such force must be proportional to the provocation and must be reasonable in nature, duration, and scope to the perceived or demonstrated threat.

Furthermore, Military Members may exercise individual self-defense in response to a hostile act or demonstrated hostile intent.

How does this relate to what happened at the border? For one thing, the U.S. Mexican border is certainly not a small, Company sized outpost in the Sunni Triangle. The Mexicans are generally speaking, our friends. We have a very cordial, military-to-military relationship. On it’s face, “peace time” or “stateside” ROE listed would seem reasonable. In this particular case the ROE appear to be insufficient for the moment. If those Mexican soldiers had been in fact Cartel members in disguise, the result might have been a whole lot worse than a brief search and some national embarrassment.

Going back to Abu Ghraib, I put the blame for a lot of that whole debacle, squarely at the feet of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. He’s the one who allowed what we call “General Purpose Forces” (like Military Police) to be directly involved with a CIA prisoner interrogation facility. Generally speaking, the only military folks who should be routinely working with or around the Central Intelligence Agency, are Special Ops types. They have the training and more importantly, the maturity to handle “non-standard” situations. Senior leaders put those young Soldiers in that position (Secretary Rumsfeld) and then failed to adequately supervise them—that’s YOU, COL Karpinski.

To be clear, in no way am I even coming close to implying any sort of misconduct on the part of any of our stellar Troops along the Southern border or their chain-of-command. I just hate seeing young Soldiers put in untenable positions. As of today, the NORTHCOM Public Affairs representative was unaware of any effort to revise the current ROE. I’m sorry to hear that. We don’t need to create any more Strategic Privates because we send them out with ROE that might not be suitable for the mission at hand. We damned sure don’t need any of these fine young folks to come home under a Flag.

*The use of “Soldier” unless otherwise specified, also includes my Brothers and Sisters of the US Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force.

Mike Ford is a retired Infantry Officer who writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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You can find his other Red State work here.

David Webb is a conservative pundit who can be found on Sirius XM, channel 125, M-F from 9-1200 EST

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Leftist District Judge Decides National Policy

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In a continuing campaign of unconstitutional lawfare against this administration, yet another leftist DISTRICT Judge believes he can decide U.S. National Immigration Policy.

From today’s Washington Post.

A federal judge on Monday blocked an experimental Trump administration policy that requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases make their way through the immigration court system, a major blow to President Trump as border crossings have surged to their highest point in more than a decade.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco enjoined the Migrant Protection Protocols policy days after outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pledged to expand the program. The policy began in January.

This obviously unconstitutional ruling prohibits President Trump’s program of requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their hearings, as opposed to allowing them to disappear into the interior of the United States, never to be seen again—unless caught committing a murder or a kidnapping. As I’ve noted here, here and here, the leftists are all about lawfare.

It’s time President Trump used some lawfare of his own—aggressively. This could be the case where the President makes his stand. He could issue a Presidential Finding that “hereby determines that the Federal District Court in San Francisco does not have standing to issue such an enjoinment of Federal Protocols affecting the entirety of the United States Immigration Policy. Moreover, the lowest court that has standing to make such a determination is the DC court of Appeals.”

Of course, there will be the usual caterwauling from the left and their enablers, the Vichy Republicans. But with over 1 million illegal aliens already tagged for deportation, but lost in the interior, we certainly can’t afford to add to that number to the tune of over 100,000 per month.

Mike Ford is a retired Infantry Officer who writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

Follow him on Twitter: @MikeFor10394583

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