After months of denials and inaction, the Biden administration has finally taken one baby step away from the disastrous policies that brought the worst border crisis in decades.
In a deal strikingly similar to the one President Donald Trump orchestrated in 2019, Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries have agreed to better secure their own borders to curb the flow of migrants headed toward America.
Mexico will maintain 10,000 troops at its southern border; Guatemala will add 12 checkpoints along the migration route through the country and send 1,500 more police to its border with Honduras, while Honduras will increase its border troops for a total of 7,000.
This comes after President Joe Biden unilaterally junked Trump’s agreements with these nations to stem the tide, only to see US border detention facilities overrun with thousands of unaccompanied children.
Sadly, Biden shows no sign yet of restoring Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” agreement, which prevented migrants from roaming this nation during the months or years that US courts reviewed their asylum claims (rejecting most of them).
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei have both attributed the crisis to the message that Biden sent around the world with his words of welcome and repeals of successful Trump policies.
Yet now Team Biden is even reconsidering its all-out rejection of Trump’s “wall.” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is pondering Customs and Border Protection’s request to fill gaps in unfinished parts of the wall that allow a constant stream of immigrants. (Mayorkas is already defending Immigration and Customs Enforcement and advocating for more deportations.)
Little steps for little feet: Maybe Biden will eventually start putting reality ahead of ideology on other fronts.