According to the article in Washington Post, the president is torn between the softer approach to immigration recommended by his son-in-law Jared Kushner and the hardline approach of the immigration hawk Stephen Miller.
In the last few months, it looks like Miller is winning.
However, as the harsher and more extreme Miller solutions are proving ineffective, the president may soon decide to listen more to the family.
For two years now, quietly, Kushner has moved to mend fences with our southern neighbor: Mexico.
Remember, Mexico is the only one who can control its southern border from where the caravans pass thru. Mexico is the only player that can stop future caravans—if it wants to.
“This softer, more “collaborative” approach, I maintain, will prove more effective in the future…”
This softer, more “collaborative” approach, I maintain, will prove more effective in the future.
A scorch-earth tactic to immigration has failed to produce the results the president intended. In fact, it has produced the opposite.
More migrants are joining caravans in numbers not seen in 10 years, but it’s just common sense:
It’s better to be in a detention center in Texas than to be raped in San Salvador.
If the leaders from Central America and Mexico, feel belittled and humiliated, they will not be motivated to seriously commit to stemming the flow of migrants from their nations. What’s the incentive?
It’s in those nations where the real solution to our immigration crisis lies.
If we don’t find a way to eliminate the root causes that make Hondurans, Nicaraguans, and Guatemalans pack up and leave, no amount of threats and tough measures will dissuade them from coming.
Listening more to what Jared Kushner has to say, and imitating his style of dealing with our neighbors would be a good place to start.