President Trump is taking steps that have never been taken before in an attempt to secure America’s borders.
This past week, Vice President Mike Pence came to the defense of the President in a speech that he gave on immigration. He stated that the United States is, “the most welcoming home for immigrants in human history.”
The United States is, at its core, the most welcoming of people from all over the world.
The problem is that many of those crossing the border do not want to come into the United States the legal way. Pence stated regarding the White House that they are committed to dealing with, “the root causes behind the crisis that we face.
If you can’t come legally, don’t come at all.” His point behind this statement was to get other people to respect the borders of the United States. The same people trying to sneak across the borders would also want that same respect for their own country as well.
Critics of the President are quick to point out that he has reduced aid to Central American countries over the past few years. The President wants to see the money actually go to the people of those countries and not into the pockets of criminals seeking to take advantage of the situation.
The three countries in questions are Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. These countries have an extremely high poverty rate.
These three countries make up an area known as the Northern Triangle. This is an area where poverty is mixed with violence and corruption.
The people living in these regions have made it a point to try to cross into Mexico and make their way to the United States. Except this is an illegal way of entering the country. Mike Pence stated in his speech that there was $2.6 billion in aid ready to go to those three countries for aid and to help build them up.
Kevin McAleenan has stated, “We need to widen our lens. We’re not thinking about what’s happening on the Central American side — how do we engage with those governments to support prosperity, governance, and security so that people don’t feel compelled to leave their homes.”
The President has thought about those issues as he is allowing the aid to be sent to those in need.
Pence stated that “Under President Trump, the United States is renewing our commitment to address the root causes behind the crisis that we face. At this moment the United States has invested significant resources already to help Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador stop the flow of drugs and cripple the criminal syndicates that plague the region.”
Over the past year, the United States has invested hundreds of million dollars in aid to the three struggling countries. America has stopped tons of drugs from entering the country and even gone after those that live for criminal activity.
These three countries need to take action to fix their country so their own people will want to continue to live there and prosper.
Vice President Pence stated, “The United States cannot do this alone. I will deliver this message personally to the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador when we meet in Guatemala City on Thursday.” Pence feels the three countries need to do their part alongside the United States.
America cannot do it alone.
Pence also urged people from those three countries to stay home. He stated, “Don’t risk your lives or the lives of your children by trying to come to the United States on the road run by drug smugglers and human traffickers. If you can’t come legally, don’t come at all.”
This message is nothing new to Pence as it has been advertised in the past.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has used this same language to urge people not to risk the trip. Drug lords and criminals dot the route to America. They are a danger to life and the border patrol agents are concerned that innocent people will be hurt if they make the journey.
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are united on the approach to immigration reform.
Both of them want people to come to America, but they must come through the right channels.
The White House continues to protect this country while at the same time providing aid to those that need it the most.