By Rick Oltman, October 17, 2019
We now live in an era where it seems that all news reports should come with a big CAVEAT EMPTOR scrolling across the bottom of the TV screen.
With that in mind, let’s look at a couple of situations where the Mexican government seems to have actually been helpful in America’s attempts to stop the illegal immigration flood and the drug deluge from south of our border.
At the end of August of this year, the Mexican Navy seized over 51,000 pounds, nearly 26 tons, of fentanyl on a Danish cargo ship en route to the West Coast port of Lázaro Cárdenas, about 380 miles west of Mexico City.
At the time, it was curious because it is fair to say, given the history of mega-corruption in Mexico, that the Naval commander who boarded the cargo ship and found the drugs could have told the ship captain, “That’s going to cost you $25 million dollars: $5 million for myself and a million each for my 20 men. Then you can head to port.”
And probably would have been paid since the shipment was worth billions of dollars in street value.
But no. The fentanyl was seized by the Mexican Navy.
Now, my question at the time was, “Is that naval officer in the witness protection program here in America … for the rest of his life? Is he, his entire family, and his entire crew in hiding in Brazil?” Because it’s a sure thing the Sinaloa Cartel, the believed destination for the drugs, was more than mildly “discomfited” by the seizure.
I wondered at the time if U.S. intelligence had alerted Mexican President Obrador to the shipment and used this occasion to determine if the Mexicans were sincere in their offer to help.
Mexican authorities stopped a caravan of about 2,000 migrants heading north for the United States, the latest action by their government to crack down on illegal immigration.
And then on Tuesday the 15th, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Mark Morgan, said that President Trump got Mexico’s attention with the threat of tariffs, and now the country is acting like a “true partner” in keeping migrants from reaching the U.S. border.
If it is true that the Mexican government is helping us, as these examples indicate, then one can say fairly that the Mexican government has done more to help us secure our border than the United States Congress has done during this entire session of Congress.
In fact, the most vocal congressmen, when it comes to the issue of border security, seem to deride our law enforcement efforts, lie about our apprehension and confinement policies, want to dismantle the law enforcement agency designed to help enforce our laws, and some have even escorted illegal aliens to our southern border.
So while the Caveat Emptor warning about news reporting certainly seems appropriate, it also does when evaluating those are who running for office in 2020.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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