Published January 10, 2020
The migration saga started last summer. Hundreds of thousands of poor Central Americans made the 1,000-mile-plus journey north fueled by the belief it was easy to get into the United States. By June, U.S. border agents were arresting more than 130,000 people a month. Something had to be done to prevent a humanitarian disaster.
Trump acted. He announced he would levy tariffs on goods from Mexico unless that country did more to stem the flow of Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States. The move was widely condemned by the usual suspects, but once Mexico submitted to Trump’s demands, attention moved elsewhere.
Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.