Jessica Vaughan: 7 Steps Trump Can Take to Solve Border Crisis

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
By Paul Martin

9 Apr 2019

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, offered seven recommendations to President Donald Trump to further the president’s agenda on border security and immigration.

Vaughan offered her remarks on Monday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with host Rebecca Mansour and special guest host Patrick Courrielche.


Given the billions of dollars sent annually to Mexico and other countries south of the border from aliens working illegally in the country, Vaughan advised the Trump administration to consider options against this outflow of money. She speculated that this would offer the Trump administration leverage in pressuring Mexico and other Central and South American countries to assist in halting the flow of migration to the United States.

“[Migrants] are sending money home to help support their families that they separated themselves from,” said Vaughan.

Vaughan said, “One of the main reasons that these other countries — Mexico included, but also Central America — have really not lifted a finger to interfere with this movement of people to the United States is because they send so much money home, billions a year. Some of it from legal immigrants, but a lot of this money is, frankly, ill-gotten gains of illegal workers, and money and wages that have been denied to American workers and money that is flowing out of our economy and circulating through it to boost our economy.”

Vaughan added, “This is a substitute for an economic policy in some of these countries, and it’s a lame economic policy. Let your citizens go to another country to work so they can send money back. iIt doesn’t help the countries, ultimately, and it’s just a poor excuse for true economic development and improving the quality of life for their own people. Unless we put some pressure on them to try to slow down these remittances, they’re not going to change. They’re not going to lift a finger to stop it. They have no incentive to.”

“We also need to make it Mexico’s problem to the extent that we possibly can, forcing Mexico to deal with this,” continued Vaughan. “They can no longer just look the other way as people stream north, and Mexico never cared. I’ve been told this by Mexican immigration officials before. They don’t care as long as they know the final destination of these migrants is the United States. So we’ve got to make them care. Putting some pressure on remittances is one way.”


Vaughan explained in April of 2018 how the Safe Third Country Agreement — a Canada-U.S. treaty — allows America to return asylum-seeking migrants to Canada who entered the country via Canada:

The agreement we have with Canada, it’s called the Safe Third Country Agreement. People can’t asylum shop. We’ll return people that are trying to gain asylum and were turned down in another country. People can’t come through Canada to get to the United States. We’re allowed to send them back to Canada. If somebody from Pakistan tries to come to the United States via Canada, claiming asylum, we can return them to Canada and vice versa. We do need that kind of arrangement with Mexico. … If they come to the legal port of entry, we do not have to grant them admission. We can give them a fair hearing, but if we determine that their claim is not credible, then we’re under no obligation to let them into the country.

Vaughan recommended seeking avenues of political pressure to incentivize Mexico to sign a treaty similar to the aforementioned agreement.

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