Well, it happened once again this week. It was announced on Friday that the Mexican government had capitulated to President Trump and agreed to keep refugees and other asylum-seeking migrants in Mexico until they could get a hearing in U.S. court. Under threat of punishing economic tariffs, the Mexican government had virtually no choice but to concede to Trump’s demands. And it immediately made a great many of the president’s critics look rather foolish for doubting his strategy.
While not a perfect deal, the agreement will at least allow the Trump administration to turn away from the catch-and-release policies that allow 90% of illegal aliens to skip their court dates and disappear into the wilds of America, never to be seen again. That alone is a huge win for the United States, and it only took a bit of tough talk from our president. All it took was a man willing to take an economic risk for the sake of restoring law and order to our nation.
Democrats, of course, are not used to dealing with a Republican who has this much backbone. And they are certainly not accustomed to a Republican that habitually wins his battles. So when this happens – and it happens pretty damn frequently – they have no idea what to do with themselves. They either have to pretend like the win isn’t actually a win (see the tax cuts for a good example) or they have to move on and ignore it, like nothing happened.
Or you can combine the two in a weird mixture of sour grapes, like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Two days ago, Schumer was insisting that Trump didn’t have the guts to follow through with his threat:
“Publicly, the president has continued to talk tough on tariffs with Mexico,” he wrote, “but I continue to believe he’ll ultimately back off. When he does, I would urge him to consider commonsense policies to deal with the real issues concerning migration & the border.”
God only knows what Schumer thinks are the “real issues,” but we’re sure it involves legalizing Dreamers and turning illegal aliens into voters.
In any event, he had to turn up the sarcasm to full volume on Friday when Trump sealed the deal.
“This is an historic night,” he exclaimed on Twitter. “@realDonaldTrump has announced that he has cut a deal to ‘greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States.’ Now that that problem is solved, I’m sure we won’t be hearing any more about it in the future.”
Well, considering how Democrats fare in the polls when illegal immigration is front and center, we’re sure Schumer would love that to be the case.