Secretary Pompeo Press Conference – U.S-Mexico Migration and Border Agreement…

Yesterday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a press conference to answer questions about the U.S-Mexicos migration and border security agreement. After reviewing some info from today, I’m inserting a graphic into Pompeo’s transcribed responses to better understand the “45 days” aspect. [Video and Transcript]

[Transcript – (emphasis mine)] SECRETARY POMPEO: A couple things this afternoon. First, I’ll give some remarks later this week that are consistent with what we’ve been working on for my entire time here in the Indo-Pacific.
I’ll be speaking to a group of Indian business leaders in preparation for the trip that I’ll take in a couple weeks where I’ll be visiting India, an important part of President Trump’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific. And I’m looking forward to the opportunity both to give the set of remarks about how it is our relationship is so closely tied economically, but also importantly the things that the United States and India can continue to do to build out what is an incredibly important relationship for both countries.

I thought too I’d spend just a minute here talking about the agreement that was reached with the United States and Mexico on Friday of last week. Frankly, it reflects diplomacy at its finest. It shows the enduring strength, too, of the relationship between our two countries, and it’s a significant win for the American people.
The deal continues the Trump administration’s commitment – the strongest by any administration in history – to confront the tide of illegal immigration and many other problems along our southern border, including the drug trafficking issues that transit there. The President is doing precisely what he said he would do.
We agreed to a number of things, including the placement of 6,000 Mexican National Guard along the Mexican southern border. It’s the biggest effort to date that the Mexicans have committed. It’s something that we pressed for with them throughout the time of the negotiations. We will work closely with them to make sure that that is a successful effort.
Those crossing the U.S. southern border to seek asylum will be rapidly returned to Mexico where they may await their adjudication of their asylum claims. We’ve seen this before; we were able to do this to the tune of a couple of hundred people per day. We now have the capacity to do this full throttle and engage this in a way that will make a fundamental difference in the calculus for those deciding to transit Mexico to try to get into the United States. This full-blown effort under the migration protocols is a big deal and was something that we worked on very, very diligently with our Mexican counterparts over two days.
And we’ll pursue other cooperative efforts, too.
For much of last week, Foreign Secretary Ebrard and his team were excellent partners in all of this. We worked alongside them with our team here at the State Department.
I’ve seen some reporting that says that these countless hours were nothing, that they amounted to a waste of time. I can tell you that the team here at the State Department believes full-throatedly that this an important set of agreements, important set of understandings, one that we’ll continue to work on, because in the end we’ll be measured by the outcomes that we deliver with respect to stemming the flow of illegal immigration into our country.
I want to, on that note, repeat my personal gratitude to Foreign Secretary Ebrard and his team. They worked hard; they were diligent; they defended the Mexican people. I think we made both of our countries proud with this agreement. I spoke to President Trump not too long ago about this. He is grateful to everyone who made this happen, and he had a chance to speak with President Obrador about this as well.
As I mentioned, this isn’t the end of the road. We’ve got a lot of work to do to implement what we’ve agreed to, not just in the joint declaration but the approach to the region, for Central America, that we agreed to last December. And we have full confidence, as the President tweeted yesterday, that Mexico will fulfill its shared commitments.
We’ll continue to work with Mexico to discuss migration asylum issues, and if necessary, we’ll take additional measures that the Mexican government agreed to during these conversations as well.
I look forward to great cooperation between our two countries. And with that, I’m happy to take a couple of questions.
MS ORTAGUS: Christina.
QUESTION: Thank you. Hi, Mr. Secretary.
QUESTION: Can you explain what in this agreement was different than what was discussed between Secretary Nielsen and the Mexican governments in December, the agreement that people have been talking about? And have – in addition, is there a separate agreement with the Mexican government than what was announced Friday, as the President has suggested on Twitter? And both sides have said if there’s not enough progress we’re going to come back to the table and re-evaluate. How are you measuring that? What kind of metric are you going to use? Is there a specific number or target you need them to hit?
SECRETARY POMPEO: Sure. So I was part of those conversations in Houston in December when the original migrant protocols were put in place. The scale, the effort, the commitment here is very different from what we were able to achieve back in December and frankly wouldn’t have happened.
The entire team from the Mexican government that came up, they came up because the President had raised the specter of 5 percent tariffs on their products. It’s what prompted this series of conversations that took on a level of seriousness and a timed commitment that we were committed to getting done before the weekend. And so it’s a fundamentally different commitment about doing this across the entire border at scale.
You see the numbers in the several thousand per day. Those are the folks that will now be subject to the migrant protocols and will be, when appropriately adjudicated, returned to Mexico to await their asylum hearings inside of Mexico.
As for other agreements, there were a number of commitments made. I can’t go into them in detail here, but each side was committed to a set of outcomes.
The United States retained its ability to use its own determination of whether there was success along the border. You saw that the announcement was that the President would indefinitely suspend the tariffs.
That means if it’s the case that we’re not making sufficient progress that there’s risk that those tariffs will go back in place. And as we had these conversations with my foreign secretary – my counterpart Marcelo, we both understood that.
It means that we’re got hard work to do over the coming days and weeks to deliver on those actual outcomes on the ground along our southern border. I know the Mexican government is committed to it, and I know that not only the State Department but DHS and all the others who have real responsibility that will deliver this. I’m confident that this hard work will go to get – go – we will go hand-in-hand to make this deliverable something that we can all say yeah, this resulted from what we did last week.
QUESTION: And is there a metric that you’re going to use to judge that? Like, how will you decide how much progress or if enough progress has been made?
SECRETARY POMPEO: We will evaluate this literally daily.
QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, good afternoon. What do you think about other countries such as Brazil and Panama helping with this? Are you talking to them about perhaps backing up Mexico in its efforts to stem this migration, given that it’s – and again, coming to my colleague’s question, how much time are you prepared to give this to ensure – to make sure that it’s actually working?
SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah. So I can’t answer the second question. Some amount of time. This won’t be instantaneous. It won’t happen today, but the work has already begun. So I don’t know. The agreement – we talked about 90 days, but I imagine that we’ll know the effectiveness, the ability of us to work together to deliver this, much more quickly than that. Perhaps a month, perhaps 45 days, we’ll have a good sense of whether we’re able to achieve these outcomes in the way we’re hoping that we can.

Graphic of Text in POTUS Hand Today – Note:45 days

As for other countries, yes, we’re going to work with the Central American countries too. A good deal of the folks who are transiting through – or into our country are coming through Mexico and are not originally from Mexico, and we have high expectations they’ll deliver as well. We have teams that will be working there this week to get agreements with those countries to put the onus where it is for them to make sure that their citizens are not the ones transiting through Mexico into the United States.
I can take one more.
QUESTION: Just to follow up on that, in the agreement it says the United States and Mexico will lead in working with regional and international partners to build a more prosperous and secure Central America, but there have been steps to cut aid to Central America, so I’m wondering how that fits and whether you’re committing resources, not just sort of negotiations to this. Are you going to put money into it or expertise?
SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, I think you’ve conflated economic prosperity with U.S. dollars going down to those places. I don’t think about them that way remotely. Those economies need to grow. They need to develop rule of law. They need to develop systems and to grow their economies.
The United States is prepared to do the things we need to do, but we’ve made no incremental resource commitments associated with this deal. We didn’t offer any resource assistance to the Mexican government to deliver these outcomes. We’ve not done so in Central America as well. Where we find it in our interest in the Northern Triangle or in Mexico to provide resources that make sense to protect the American people, we’ll do that. But in the first instance, these nations have the responsibility to take care of these immigration problems in their home country.
Thank you all.
[Transcript End]

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106 Responses to Secretary Pompeo Press Conference – U.S-Mexico Migration and Border Agreement…

  1. KILLER Bottom Line from future POTUS:
    SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, I think you’ve conflated economic prosperity with U.S. dollars going down to those places. I don’t think about them that way remotely. Those economies need to grow. They need to develop rule of law. They need to develop systems and to grow their economies. The United States is prepared to do the things we need to do, but we’ve made no incremental resource commitments associated with this deal. We didn’t offer any resource assistance to the Mexican government to deliver these outcomes. We’ve not done so in Central America as well. Where we find it in our interest in the Northern Triangle or in Mexico to provide resources that make sense to protect the American people, we’ll do that. But in the first instance, these nations have the responsibility to take care of these immigration problems in their home country.

    • Johnny says:

      Resources. That word has lots of uses.
      I think that was a veiled threat to Mexico. Cooperation or cartels might become terrorist listed and our military will handle it from there.

      • Hangtown Bob says:

        A little bit of Predator and Reaper action against the cartel kingpins might get their attention!

    • Carson Napier says:

      ” They need to develop rule of law.”
      Hopefully they won’t take lessons on that from America’s FBI, DOJ, CIA and DNC or they will be as bad, or worse, off than they are now.

    • MaineCoon says:

      I believe he’s future-POTUS-In-training also.

      • delighteddeplorable says:

        Absolutely! I’m almost as excited about voting for Pompeo in 2024 as I am about voting for VVSGPDJT in 2020.
        Woot! ??????????

        • GB Bari says:

          Despite his very Swamp-associated background, Mike Pompeo has been fully on board to date with MAGA policies in his SOS role. But I want to wait to see who PDJT endorses in 2023.

        • oldumb says:

          Pompeo/Nunes 2024

          • delighteddeplorable says:

            Oooooo! That sounds yugely delicious!

          • trumpsbamagirl says:

            I am hoping for Pompeo/Jordan 2024!

          • MelH says:

            Am I alone in feeling skeptical about Nunes in that role? Lately on TV he seems meek and kind of afraid of push-back. His statements about the coup seem tentative. What I mean is, he doesn’t choose the statements that have real bomb-potential. He’s great at research, but not at all tough. Maybe that’s best, for a Veep? Isn’t a Veep supposed to be someone who could replace the President? Nunes is like Pence. But I prefer a shiff disturber, I THINK, in these times.

      • piper567 says:

        Maine Coon, if Pompeo stays on at State, there will be no one n the world more knowledgeable about our friends and foes.
        I hope he stays on, and our President sees Pompeo’s value in this way.
        Pompeo is Alpha, and USA cannot endure a Beta such as Pence, in a position to ensure MAGA policies and commitment.
        I am not a Pence-hater, but he is Not a Leader…I think he is a good VP, he does what is asked of him, but he has no ability to inspire.
        Pompeo at the very least has moxie and authority, and, imo, most definitely is emerging as a most viable Candidate for 2024.

        • oldumb says:

          Pompeo knows how to answer Gotcha questions and he is deadly with silence.

          • WSB says:

            He and Barr.

            • oldumb says:

              Right, Big Bill Barr holds his own and slaps back ever so calmly, you don’t realize it until the sting is felt.

          • llyod says:

            I’d 2nd someone who has FU $ & loves this country. after DJT we will be at a very high risk of relapse. I feel we need someone who has made their $ in a global retail business so they are in touch with main street. however it goes DJT, will have set the globalist back at least a 100 yrs.

            • Dutchman says:

              I think you have to look at the total package. Yes PDJT is a Billionaire businessman. But its his attitude and smarts, and we don’t necesarily need another “Trump clone”, in terms of being a businessman, or even a billionaire businessman.
              That would be say,…BLOOMBERG?
              (As an example). Its not the outside, its the inside. Its the policy positions, and whether they are saying what they think they need to say to get elected, or do they MEAN it.
              “I will move the embassy to Jurusalem
              “I will bomb the hell out of ISIS!”
              As examples.

          • piper567 says:

            oldumb, yes, and he does it w/o hesitation…in depth. refreshing it is.

        • Disgusted says:

          What would you think of a Mick/Mike ticket?

    • evergreen says:

      National parity with the USA correlates to the rule of law and respect for individual rights and liberties, particularly property rights.
      When those arrive at parity with the USA, that nation will be of equal caliber, equal cost of living, and equal quality of life; there won’t be a arbitrage available to cut costs as is the case in going to 3rd world countries. Therein is the root of it all. Keen interaction with 3rd world nations sends our labors to them and brings their woes to us.

    • G. Alistar says:

      Like J-Hawk basketball, Pompeo is from Kansas….and a winner like POTUS Trump!

    • mikeyboo says:

      I know. Who knew that common sense could have a part to play in US political/economic policy.What a concept!

    • starfcker says:

      That is the money quote, isn’t it, BKR?

    • MMinLamesa says:

      Sorry Mr Secretary but you are dealing with the wrong people. Mexico is a cartel controlled narco state. This may slow down the flood for a bit but it’s in the economic interests of the cartels to continue both the drug and human trafficking.
      We must face the reality that the “country” immediately to our south is an enemy. There are already untold 1,000s of cartel members right here in this country with a massive drug distribution & crime network. They are worse then the mafia ever was, will commit unspeakable violence on anyone that dares to interfere with them.
      It’s going to take no less then the military invading and wiping them out. They’re right on our doorstep and mean us harm.
      Sadly as long as the dems see these illegals as their only means to holding onto power, they will frustrate any efforts by the sane people to defend ourselves.

      • pyromancer76 says:

        I feel the same way, or believe the same — except for the emotion of “sadly,” not my experience in the least. However, one has to start at the beginning. This is a long, long row (or rows) to hoe. Best to start with assuming everyone will do their best, live up to their best “selves” rather than spit at them at the beginning. Let’s see what happens and how far we can get from this beginning. The hammer of tariffs is not far away. And internal investigations are underway.

      • 4gypsybreeze says:

        And you don’t think that the Mexican citizens are sick and tired of opening their local newspapers and seeing who got “eliminated” the night before?
        Not every Mexican is a “border rat” or a cartel member!
        And remember…..for the most part…we took out the Mafia. And Italy basically took control of their Mafia.
        Mexico does not have law. They live by —Shoot, Shovel and Shut up. Or, assassinate to give a message. Just sit back ….keep an eye out on the Mexican newspapers, especially local ones, and see what happens.
        Forty five days. And with the temps reaching in the 100’s-going to be a lot of “dehydrated” folks! Just wait and see what happens—either way.

      • Pale rider says:

        I would like to throw a little smoke here not to cover your post, you are correct in your thoughts and ideas. But, our own government is literally standing holding the gates open for invaders with EBT cards for all. Basically instant citizenship for all takers who wish to actually take up residence.
        Our country is a giant company with different companies beneath the one USA logo and in order to increase production, GDP, we have to have huge increases on employment as we see companies expand.
        All that to say, maybe democrats want votes but they are not the only problem. They want the power being built.
        The invasion is not going to be fixed any time soon. When we hear and see thousands shipped all over on our dime. Facilities refurbished for invader housing.
        These companies are cashing in on cheap labor while we pay for all the costs. Something parallel to venture capitalists.

      • California Joe says:

        Wrong! Once they set foot in Mexico it becomes the first country of asylum so if they show up here we can send them back without a court battle.

        • Gucci says:

          Wrong-MX has NOT agreed to “safe 3rd world country ” status, which is what you are describing:

          $64 million question: WHY DID IT TAKE TRUMP 21/2 YEARS TO DO THIS?
          I’ll assume this is a bigly head fake until I see proof positive.

          • David A says:

            Please show me your post where you proposed the current Trump approach.
            Trump tried to work through congress and the courts, both broken by Statist one-world ideologues. In this attempt he exposed the statist for their sad selves – Pelosi defending MS-13, etc… He exposed the RINOS for millions to see. This is necessary for the world to see and bodes well for a second term.
            Now he is taking a different approach – literally under threat of tariffs, threat of economic collapse which will also collapse the current government, he is forcing Mexico to confront the cartels. POTUS is the great political centrifuge, the great policy centrifuge, his honest policy ( with will and position of power behind it) forces the opposition to unmask.

    • CharterOakie says:

      Awesome answer by Pompeo!
      Finally, assigning the proper responsibility where it belongs. FINALLY!

    • Esther says:

      PLeeeze!!! Pompeo as POis a Bilderberg attendee, that disqualifies him is a genuine candidate to continue President Trump’s policies as ‘future POTUS. Plus he and John Bolton had an embarrassing failure with Venezuela and we have yet to understand how they managed to screw it up so badly.

    • David A says:

      BKR, Exactly, what refreshing common sense. The statist solution is to throw OPM at every problem. Much of the walk-away movement is based on getting off of the statist plantation, the ever growing welfare state.
      Just as fraud is systemic to all government give programs, it is systemic to billions spent on foreign aid. This administration is the adults in charge, expecting others to be adults. It is not statism, looking for a victim to leverage themselves onto greater power.

  2. So you’re saying there’s a chance?

  3. jeans2nd says:

    Listened to this this morning. Is amazing how the words like those in bold just jump out at one immediately now, after reading the backstory going back several years. Many thanks for the education.

  4. “Don’t the Congressmen who are still … in spite of it all … Fixated On The Goddamn MUELLER REPORT™ … GET IT by now?”
    So sorry, but sometimes a human lifespan runs just a little bit too long …

    • Drogers says:

      MR –
      And the gene pool just not quite deep enough …

    • MaineCoon says:

      That’s what’s so hysterical! Why they are doing their dog ‘n pony show,they are totally left out of (and left behind in the dust) of fixing the immigration problem for Mexico & countries beyond, plus the Pacific trade deals/tariffs, etc. They have made themselves irrelevant and will continue to do so as the next year goes by. VSGPT has left them in the dust and throws daily bones via tweets to keep them all stirred up. All they are doing is Much Ado About Nothing!

    • pyromancer76 says:

      They get it. They are going to run their marxist-alinsky play out as long and as far as they can. These are not Americans; they are our enemies. They must be soundly defeated. Once they no longer have Mexican criminal funding and Chinese “one road” massive funding, we will see a different future – for us and for them.

    • WSB says:

      Tom Fitton was on Hannity tonight, mentioning ‘Congress members’ being in the crosshairs of Durham’s investigation. Piqued my interest finally.

  5. thesavvyinvester says:

    ” They need to develop rule of law”
    The Secretary wins the innerwebs for the day with that statement. When I see all the protesters, / resisters screaming bla bla bla America & Trump stinks, I really want to whip out my credit card, buy them a ticket, and let them immigrate to all these countries where graft is the norm, politicians take dirt to a new level and how they are no different to Russia before or after the Iron Curtain. So much of the world is UnCrapistan. And as bad as they think we are, we are miles ahead of anyone else with our rule of law, its historical hap tips to English common law, the Magna Carta, the Judo/Christian ethos, and frankly English Culture that the late Justice Scalia noted was not that bad at all. Our friends to the South really need an enema, I don’t know where they start….

  6. Robert Smith says:

    You know the Fake News was hoping it was some junk mail he was holding up.

  7. Sue Fowler says:

    Yes. There it is. “US dollars going to those places.” Same old stuff.
    Just one thing required:

  8. C says:

    Okay so what’s move here? I see that he purposely was whipping it out for this exact reason. He knew people would do this. Great. So is it a warning to Mexico that they have to make their OWN announcement within 45 days? Is that what it is? I’m guessing he has a feeling they’re coming around on the table but the phones stopped ringing. So he’s secretly given them a coded warning?

  9. C says:

    Cause right now all I kinda am getting is “an agreement to make an agreement within 45 days”. Which I guess is really progress since this has been going on for decades. But who is the target wih this note trick?

    • Deb says:

      People like you?
      Who do you think is the target?
      He has to resort to ringmaster theatrics to get coverage from the media. It’s tiresome, but that’s the reality we live in.

      • C says:

        People like me? That was bizarrely uninformed and disposable of a comment. I’m here on the Treehouse and other places often. If you read ANY of the shares or tweets of the majority who found/deciphered the text, they can’t make heads or tails of it since they lack all the context as many (which I do not lack of context). As well as the fact that they hate him. So to them it’s just an “Agreement about an agreement”. I don’t think that’s the audience.
        So I’m trying to understand the nuanced purpose of fluttering the note about to get cryptic messages out there. 45 days, I get it. But Pompeo stated nearly the same thing in his presser.
        I’m looking for nuance, Deb. You could too! But I do love you, whomever you are

    • GB Bari says:

      The text in the paragraphs states:
      If the United States determines, at its discretion and after consultation with Mexico, after 45 calendar days from the date of the issuance of the Joint Declaration, that the measures adopted by the Government of Mexico pursuant to the Joint Declaration have not sufficiently achieved results in addressing the flow of migrants to the souther border of the United States, the Government of Mexico will take all necessary steps under domestic law to bring the agreement into force with a view to ensuring that the agreement will come into force within 45 days.
      Looks to me like Mexico has 45 days to sufficiently stem the flow of illegals or, if the US determines their efforts have been insufficient (applicable metric not mentioned in this visible paragraph), a second 45 day clock starts ticking for Mexico to “sufficiently” stem the flow using all measure available to them under their domestic law. That’s all that is visible.
      IMO, no conclusions can yet be drawn as to effectiveness since we (the public) aren’t yet privy to the rest of the Joint Declaration and agreement details. SOS Pompeo also refrained from releasing or announcing details. Sundance( in his article) has given as complete and accurate a report and analysis as can be done at this point.

      • C says:

        Right so it seems like a nuanced way of re-supporting what Pompeo announced without actually saying it publicly ? More likely he’s just trying to drive the media more and more nuts.

        • GB Bari says:

          “More likely he’s just trying to drive the media more and more nuts.”
          I think you’ve nailed it right there in that sentence. He is sooooo good at trolling those morons. It keeps them more focused on that paper instead of asking any stupid questions about their other idiotic narratives.

  10. OhNoYouDont says:

    We’ve seen this before; we were able to do this to the tune of a couple of hundred people per day.
    We now have the capacity to do this full throttle and engage this in a way that will make a fundamental difference in the calculus for those deciding to transit Mexico to try to get into the United States.
    This full-blown effort under the migration protocols is a big deal and was something that we worked on very, very diligently with our Mexican counterparts over two days.

  11. Jim Comey is a weasel_Doug says:

    The most consequential President Of The United States since FDR, a wartime President.

  12. Viper39 says:

    Its been published that US organizations are funding the migrants crossing the border illegally. It seems to me that RICO laws are being broken and if the FBI follows the money trail, we could probably shut it down faster than Mexico. An additional (lawfare) approach to solving this crisis is in order.

    • SwampRatTerrier says:

      Dirty CoC.

      • Dutchman says:

        Can we agree that the U.S. Chamber of Congress (CoC) has been one of the biggest perpetraters in the “exfiltration of wealth” SUCKING $ and JOBS out of the U.S.
        So, can we not say that they are not simply “Dirty CoC”, but are, in fact
        “Dirty CoC suckers!”?
        Couldn’t resist, so do your darndest, ad rem.

    • Dutchman says:

      Its difficult to enforce our laws, south of the Border. Thing called sovereignity.
      But, Mexico can enforce THEIR laws, and they have some pretty serious laws against smuggling humans.
      The “info sharing” parts of the,agreement may well include going after these phony NGO’s, both the activists in Mexico, and the $ financing.
      As for the delay in announcing, its been said; their Congress has to pass, and THEY (Mexico) want to make the announcement.
      Probable if “Trump” makes the announcement, will make it harder or impossible to get thru their legislative body.
      Whatever it is, must be pretty good.
      I can wait, see how it plays,…
      I THINK I read somewhere that once Mexico formerly agrees to allow those seeking asylum in U.S. to wait in Mexico, it not only means quick turn around for those crossing, going forward.
      It means those released into the U.S. can now be sent to Mexico to wait.
      Hence “don’t get too comfortable” tweet by PDJT.

  13. highdezertgator says:

    Quote: SECRETARY POMPEO: “Yeah, I think you’ve conflated economic prosperity with U.S. dollars going down to those places.”
    Enmedia CoC Economic Interpretation ….”US must be “piggy bank” for the poor Sh#tholes of the world.” …make them helpless and hopeless so they can come and get their $1000 EBT card from New Mexico as they pass through the IWBC “open gate” in Sunland, NM

  14. Esther says:

    Thanks to Sundance – the transcripts really help with nuances of what speakers say.
    For instance Pompeo says that illegal border-crossers
    “will be, when appropriately adjudicated, returned to Mexico to await their asylum hearings inside of Mexico.”
    What does that really mean? Seems to me the corruption and congestion on this side has an avenue to continue, because ‘appropriate adjudication” can be used as a roadblock.
    Mexico will do nothing until they feel real pain. Without lessening what Trump has achieved in forcing Mexico to the table, there is a certainty that just like China did, Mexico will call Trump’s bluff. These people are so embolden by the disloyalty to Trump by our elected officials in congress that they figure they can waffalate and procrastinate till the 2020 election.
    Frankly, I want Mexico to fail like they always do, because those tariffs will be slapped on and the anti-American Mexicans will feel some pain. It would give our welfare farmers a chance to grow real food for their own country. Florida grows avocados and should really start building that industry. (noticed I did not mention California though they could easily work on increasing agricultural supply to this country, but won’t). There is no reason that America should be importing so much agricultural produce while supplementing farmers for keeping fields idle. At least we will get food that is not irradiated when we get back to growing our own food. The excuse for irradiating agricultural products is that they are grown outside the USA and could be carrying harmful organisms.

    • Sentient says:

      It means they’ll have to stay in Mexico until their asylum request is denied, after which they’ll have to go home to Central America.

      • Maquis says:

        I suspect this also incentivizes Mexico’s interception of these “asylum” seekers at their own southern border also. If they turn them away, even after a brief asylum process, they will be rid of them much quicker than they will if they let them reach us and our pathetic corrupted overwhelmed system begins a much more lengthy process, during which Mexico has to care for them.

      • WSB says:

        Which is current international law. I still do not get this.

      • Gucci says:

        For instance Pompeo says that illegal border-crossers “will be, when appropriately adjudicated, returned to Mexico to await their asylum hearings inside of Mexico.”
        No, the question is how long before the asylum claim is adjudicated and where does the adjudication take place…before the asylum claimers are returned to MX to await their hearing?
        Does this include “families?” Does this include invaders from Africa or any other country or only Central America?
        It’s about to get to 115 degrees in MX…of course the flow is going to slow down.
        Sorry, I don’t buy it.

    • Dutchman says:

      The reason for “properly adjudicated”
      He was being precise. If he said “will be immediately turned around at the border, he,would have been “called out” by critics.
      They will be,’processed’, photographed, fingerprinted, checked for any previous deportations from U.S., or U.S. warrants, identification papers scanned, etc.
      First,thing you want to know is WHO your dealing with. And, if they have children with them, some effort to detirmine if kid is rented or abused.
      THEN they go back to mexico to wait.
      And the people coming Norte, from Central America have NO desire to wait in Mexico. If, after processing and being sent back to mexico, they,are,again apprehended crossing the Border, that cancels their application, IIRC.
      Anyway, I THINK thats what processing and adjudication means. Once word gets back to these countries, people will not come. Remember the “thats pig food” lady, (now looking at 5-20 for,assault?). Not too many are gonna,want to stay in Mexico to wait, 2-3 years, in order to be denied.
      And no, they can’t go home and come back, cause that also voids their claim.
      This could be a good thing, lets give it a little while, to see where it goes.

    • botchedcasuality says:

      “These people are so embolden by the disloyalty to Trump by our elected officials in congress that they figure they can waffalate and procrastinate till the 2020 election.” Yes the drip drip drip, wearing us down. This is another days topic: the RINOS, Media and feckless Dems are glaringly undermining President Trumps policy implementation and international negotiations. It threatens the safety of the US citizenry. Imagine negotiating with China while the message pumped abroad is that President Trump is a weak, child who can’t even use his military to secure his borders and prevent drug deaths of 70,000,
      As I said another days topic

  15. Katherine McCoun says:

    India and China just had meetings and now we are again meeting with India. Huge news in India and on Indian networks
    Sometimes, while the Uniparty keeps most of the US distracted on imaginary issues, secondary issues and social/cultural topics and dramas, there are big things happening in the rest of the world. Wouldn’t know this from watching our media or listening to the jr high level questions of US “reporters”.

  16. Pyrthroes says:

    With Pompeo at State, Mnuchin at Treasury and Ross at Commerce, now Barr at DOJ, pending Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan (a networked Boeing engineer/executive), seems a low-key technocratic replacement for USMC Gen. “Mad Dog” Mattis– probably just the military-industrial complex type the Pentagon sorely needs in Pres. Trump’s era of combined-arms/economic confrontations.
    In this team, as most emphatically in Trump himself, we sense a can-do aspirational spirit (“esprit d’escalier”) mixed with Yankee Trader wiles sadly lacking since 1988. For this country’s sake, as for the world’s, let’s hope Hsi’s bellicose commissars, Brussels’ EU kleptarchs, Putin’s soft-Soviets, meet their hubristic nemesis over the next decades.

    • Sentient says:

      I think I might agree with what you just tried to say.

    • Maquis says:

      I believe you were reaching for “esprit de corps,” perhaps?
      “Esprit de l’escalier” signifies that sense one gets upon recognizing all too late what one wishes they had thought to say in the moment, as in after leaving the party and descending the apartment stairs when the woulda been witty riposte finally dawns on oneself. “Escalier” = stairs.
      I experience this regularly at CTH.

    • Alligator Gar says:

      L’esprit de l’escalier is the “wit of the stairwell” and means that you cannot think of a witty riposte in a verbal sparring match until you have left the room and headed down the stairs. I first learned that phrase in 2d year college French…when the prof accused me of having it (correctly, as it turns out.)

  17. 4gypsybreeze says:

    Here on the “front line”. And my two cents.
    The rule when dealing with Mexico and the Cartels….there are NO RULES!
    Ever seen a Mexican local newspaper? Filled with all the murders–and the most horrific manner of death for some. The people hanging from overpasses. College kids that they found in mass graves. Heads being delivered. Pretty barbaric.
    AMLO was elected with the promise he would clean up the corruption. Not every Mexican citizen is a “border rat” – and not all Mexican people are cartel. People have jobs and are enjoying a pretty nice life. Think they like the violence and cartels–nope.. And talk about a corrupt media…they make CNN look like non fiction. Their disgust/fear of cartel violence….and now with the “justification” of impending tariffs which will/could affect their standard of living…loss of jobs, etc.
    People say stop the remittances…yeah…think about it.
    That is a direct link to who is sending and who is receiving (think location)
    You don’t think that the U.S. hasn’t kicked up their intelligence operations,and have, for some time?
    National Security. Share the info with Mexico and AMLO.
    I am thinking (hoping) the clean up (Mexico) is going to begin, with the help of the U.S.A! And like I said….NO RULES in Mexico We (U.S.) are all about rules and law. Mexico…..nope—-law doesn’t exist.
    People disappear there ALL the time. And if there is no record of a person since they “didn’t exist” in Mexico………………………..!
    Just going to sit back…….and prop my feet up and waiting to see what happens.

  18. Dutchman says:

    Well, no cause they all would be,dead by now, LOL.
    But, I understand what your saying, and agree with the sentiment.
    Just read the first part of your sentence, had a momentary “if only!”,…

  19. Kurt J says:

    One thing I understand is the Mexico cultural. The word most commonly used to describe them is MORDITA. I t means the bite. Everyone in Mexico is taking part of the bite. It has been this way for centuries.From the store owner to the igovernment are all part of MORDITA. It is how they survive. Get pulled over in a car and you will taste the bite. Yet we hear what great trading partne they our. Today 4000 illegals will cross your borders ( times 365 days). Another 100 Americans will die to drug overdoses. Families will be destroyed. More US citizens will be killed by Mexico than any war we have fought. Simply put they are waging war on us. Yet since the Dem and Rep plus the media do not care. One man our President needs help . This problem will continue to kill and destroy families.

  20. jsbrodhead says:

    What about THIS?
    “Amendment XIV”
    Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
    I don’t recognize 14A as ratified, not lawful, nor Constitutional, but THEY DO and therefore THEY deserve maximum penalty.

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