2024 Election

Joe Biden Praises Mexico’s Border Plan, Dangles Border Curbs as Latino Support Sags


 Border security remains a paramount concern for many Americans, President Joe Biden’s recent commendation of Mexico’s border plan and the suggestion of potential border curbs come at a time when his administration faces waning support from Latino voters. The president’s approach to immigration and border policy has been under intense scrutiny as Republicans highlight what they see as failures to secure the nation’s borders effectively.

President Biden praised Mexico for its efforts to stem the flow of migrants at the southern U.S. border during a meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “They’ve done a good job in making sure we diminish the number of crossings,” Biden stated, acknowledging Mexico’s role in addressing one of America’s most contentious issues.

This acknowledgment comes amidst growing pressure from both sides of the political aisle as communities across the country grapple with the effects of illegal immigration.

The administration’s handling of border security has been met with criticism from Republicans who argue that Biden’s policies have led to an increase in illegal crossings and created a crisis at the southern border.

A group of Republican lawmakers recently launched an impeachment bid against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, accusing him of failing to maintain control over the situation. “Secretary Mayorkas is a threat to the sovereignty and security of our nation,” said Rep. Andy Biggs, one of the lawmakers leading the charge.

The Financial Times reported April 5:

[As] Obrador’s six-year term nears an end much of Mexico’s co-operation with the agency has vanished, said former agents and security experts. Mexico-DEA relations reached a low point just as overdoses of fentanyl — much of it produced in Mexico — have become the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 45, and as the crime groups that distribute drugs extended their territorial control.

“It’s one of the most challenging issues in the bilateral relationship,” said Christopher Landau, who was U.S. ambassador to Mexico from 2019 to 2021. “And the one . . . [crying] out the loudest for a reset, which has been very difficult to accomplish.”

 

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The president has also hinted at exploring his executive powers to potentially shut down parts of the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico boundary, stating, “I’m going to see what I can do about that.” This statement suggests an evolving stance on border policy that could align more closely with conservative calls for stricter enforcement measures.

Amidst these developments, warning signs have emerged for Democrats as some within their own ranks begin referring to the situation at the southern border as both a “crisis” and an “invasion.” Such language reflects a shift in tone from earlier Democratic narratives that often downplayed concerns over border security. The use by some Democrats of terminology traditionally associated with conservative viewpoints underscores bipartisan anxiety over immigration issues.

In New York, a bipartisan group of politicians has called on President Biden to address what they describe as a “border war zone.” As New York City faces its own migrant crisis fueled by national trends, local leaders are demanding federal action. Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella emphasized this sentiment: “We need immediate action from our federal government.”

The Latino vote is pivotal in American politics, and recent polls suggest that Latino support for President Biden has declined significantly since he took office. In 2020, Latinos played a crucial role in securing victories for Democrats in key states; however, dissatisfaction with current immigration policies may be driving some Latino voters away from Democratic candidates.

Migrants Show Up At Mexican border wearing Biden T-shirts

As Republicans continue to spotlight these issues ahead of upcoming elections, it remains unclear how shifts in policy or rhetoric will impact voter sentiment or electoral outcomes. What is clear is that immigration will remain at the forefront of America’s political discourse as leaders navigate complex domestic challenges and international relationships alike.

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While President Biden commends Mexico’s efforts and contemplates tightening measures at home, communities across America await concrete solutions that balance humanitarian concerns with national security imperatives. The unfolding dynamics around U.S. border policy will undoubtedly shape not only domestic politics but also America’s standing on the global stage as it addresses migration challenges shared by many nations around the world.

All eyes remain on Washington for decisive leadership in an era marked by deep divisions and pressing global concerns.

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Ella Ford is a mother of two, a Christian conservative writer with degrees in American History, Social and Behavioral Science and Liberal Studies, based in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.

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