Homeland Security Secretary Johnson was in El Salvador and Honduras for a summit on Central American migration trends and his message was in stark contrast with that of the current administration. Simply put, Secretary Johnson said “If you come to this country illegally, we will send you back.” The real question is does this represent a shift in thinking, change in policy or simply enforcement professionals deciding it is time to do what they are paid to do – enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws?
When I first read of Secretary Johnson’s Central American visit, I thought to myself “Why? What could possibly be achieved by this?” Forgive my putting a simple spin on things, but migration trends appear to be fairly simple – North. Plus, our southern partners do not appear especially eager to assist us in addressing the migration problem. Realistically, why should they be? Allowing unfettered migration through their own nations to ours allows many citizens to obtain a better lifestyle, which in turn allows funds to be returned to relatives in their home nation. It is a cycle which has been repeating itself from long before the current administration and one I personally witnessed time and again during my own days of migration interdiction. So why the trip south: other than possibly to keep up diplomatic relations?
It wasn’t until I saw additional posts to the Homeland Security Twitter account that my wheels started to really spin. The following are a sampling of what was posted in conjunction with Secretary Johnson’s visit:
“Coyotes promise “permisos” to encourage migrants to travel north, instead they deliver violence, rape & extortion”
“Reminder: Immigration laws have not changed and our borders are not open to illegal migration”
“Successful transition back to countries of origin reduces future migration attempts”
“U.S. does not issue “permisos”- Migrants entering the country illegally are detained and prioritized for removal.”
On their surface, these tweets appear to be nothing more than public service announcements, attempts to curb illegal activity. But, after spending my entire adult life in public service, I saw the possibility of something else. I saw the possibility of dedicated professionals at the agency that’s mission is to combat illegal immigration and pursue those who violate our borders taking an opportunity to signal a shift in mindset. I saw career enforcement professionals firing a shot across the bow of politicians who have openly supported looking the other way when it comes to our borders.
Of course, this is my personal perspective and without any official confirmation – but I cannot help but wonder. Immigration has obviously been a large aspect of the current Presidential campaign, where it has garnered a great deal of public attention. Regardless of who is elected, it is likely the current message of open borders and forgiveness will change, not because of who is President but because a large percentage of the American population has called for it. That’s how democracy is supposed to work.
Let’s just hope the tweets really are a message and not empty promises.
Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.
Latest posts by Tom Burrell (see all)
- REVIEW: GARMONT T8 Extreme GTX – 15 October, 2018
- Fall 2018 – New Tactical Products – 1 October, 2018
- Common Pack Break Points & How to Test for Durability – 30 September, 2018