President Trump’s suggestion to send troops to the Mexican border to keep out immigrants is unnecessary, a waste of taxpayer money and likely politically motivated, argues the New York Times’ editorial board. Immigration from Mexico has been falling considerably over recent years. People arrested at the border reached a 46-year low in 2017. Trump is stoking needless fear and xenophobia to embolden his supporters. It’s probably a reaction to his failed border wall project that was supposed to be funded by Mexico. Sending troops to the border is wasteful for government agencies that are already underfunded.
President Trump is right in addressing America’s growing issue with illegal immigrants coming in by using asylum loopholes and then staying in the country whether or not they are accepted, suggests Jessica Vaughan of Fox News. The 1000-man strong migrant caravan coming from Central America through Mexico likely wants to replicate this strategy. Trump has called out Mexico’s laissez-faire attitude in letting migrants reach the US border. He understands the illegal immigration issue as well as the flawed policy that has exacerbated the problem. Ensuring that immigrants only come in legally is a good thing.