There is probably no clearer example of the partisan political divide than with regard to the issue of immigration. From border states like Texas and Arizona where the problem is illegal immigration and criminal activity to other states like California and Washington who need temporary farm laborers and skilled technology workers, the immigration issue is hotly debated. Unfortunately, the radical fringe of both the left (more minority immigrants=more votes) and right (build a wall & no path to citizenship for illegals) are controlling the immigration conversation with absolutely no attention to the what is best for America. Unlike a few other issues, this issue is ripe for a compromise solution if only the majority of both the left and right would stand up and recognize there is little that separates you on this issue. Lets regain our common sense on this issue and get the radicals out of the way.

Donald Trump Calls for Military to Guard Southern Border

from The Wall Street Journal,

The president again voices criticism of Nafta as protest march moves through Mexico.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he planned to enlist the military to help guard the U.S. border, while at the same time he tried to step up pressure on Mexico to stop a protest march of asylum seekers traveling through America’s southern neighbor. Mr. Trump also suggested the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is being renegotiated, could be used to pressure Mexico to do something about the protest march, calling the trade deal “terrible” for U.S. but a boon for Mexico. Earlier in the day, the president tweeted: “The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our ‘Weak Laws’ Border, had better be stopped before it gets there.” He added: “Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!”

Later, in comments to reporters, Mr. Trump said: “Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military. That’s a big step.”

In a news conference later Tuesday with Baltic leaders, Mr. Trump criticized the U.S.’s “horrible, horrible and very unsafe” immigration laws and said he would meet “in a little while” with Mr. Mattis to discuss a plan to have the U.S. military secure the border. “I think it’s something we have to do,” Mr. Trump said. The U.S. military has been deployed to the border before.

The “caravan of people” Mr. Trump attacked Tuesday is an annual event that leaders say aims to raise awareness about the tens of thousands of Central Americans who, facing gang violence and political unrest in one of the world’s most violent areas, flee every year to Mexico or the U.S. Many are turned back, extorted or kidnapped along the way.

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