Ethics & Public Policy Center

Trump Has Had a Lot of Policy Successes. You Just Don’t Hear About Them.

Published in The Washington Post on January 10, 2020


Arrests for illegal border crossings into the United States dropped again last month, the seventh consecutive month they have declined. The fact you probably haven’t heard about this in the media is likely because it is a big win for President Trump — and that’s one reason why so many Trump backers have tuned the media out.

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.

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Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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