Someone really needs to tell President Trump the truth here, the borders of a nation are to keep people out, not to keep them in. No, really, this is the way that it works. Mexico’s borders are not something to be policed by Mexico to keep Mexicans inside them. Instead, Mexico’s borders are to be policed by Mexico to keep the gringos out of Mexico. Once we’ve grapsed that we can see that he’s just entirely wrong in what he’s saying here:
Trump also assailed Mexican authorities for being too lax in securing the border and threatened to “stop” the North American Free Trade Agreement if Mexico does not “stop the big drug and people flows.”
It’s simply not up to the Mexican Government to control who leaves the country. We’ve even a word for places which people aren’t allowed to leave – prison.
Of course, there have been walls meant to keep people in. Here’s a picture of one:
And boy, didn’t we complain about the Berlin Wall? The one that prevented people who wanted to leave from leaving.
President Trump kicked off his Easter Sunday by announcing that he would no longer support a deal on fixing the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if Mexico doesn’t step up border security.
It’s just not Mexico’s job to control what comes into the US. So the President is indeed wrong here:
Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2018
Borders simply work the other way around. We get very hot and cross under the collar – the entire international system is based upon our not doing this – when countries say that people may not leave. We’re just fine with countries stating that people cannot come in. It’s thus up to the United States to secure the borders of the United States to whatever standards they think right and proper. It’s absolutely nothing at all to do with the Mexican Government. Trump’s shouting at the wrong people, it’s his own subordinates who should be doing the work here.
But, you know, always easier to blame foreigners, isn’t it?