From his first day in office, President Joe Biden immediately set to undo much of what former President Donald Trump had accomplished on border security and immigration enforcement policies.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that it was “tragic” to see those achievements undone and lamented how quickly Biden had squandered the good relationships Trump had built with our nation’s neighbors to the south, Fox News reported.
Pompeo made the remarks during his first appearance on Fox & Friends since being signed as a paid contributor to the Fox network.
“It’s absolutely tragic”
Asked for his thoughts on what he has witnessed over the past few months since Biden took office, Pompeo replied, “I always find it interesting when they talk about the fact that we did ‘America alone,’ when in fact the deal that we struck to secure our southern border was something we worked hard with the Mexican government, we worked hard with the government in Guatemala and El Salvador and Honduras.”
“We had real relationships with those people. We negotiated. We got to a place that made life better for their people and secured our southern border,” he continued. “And to watch them come in and just flip the switch and the tragedy that we now see.”
“These people are trying to come through Mexico to get into the United States because President Biden greenlighted this. It’s absolutely tragic,” Pompeo added. “And to watch them do this in a unilateral way and make the lives worse for not only people who live in Texas and Arizona and California, but people all across our southern boundary, it’s just tragic.”
“You can’t just flip the switch”
Regarding how the relationships built with Mexico, El Salvador and other nations had already been “fractured” because of the Biden administration’s about-face on immigration and border security policies, Pompeo said, “It took a lot of work, this was hard work, building those relationships. It’s what good diplomacy does, that’s what our team did.”
“We watched these countries say, ‘Fine, we’ll help you with your problem with the southern border, but we’ve got to get this right. And you have to, you America, have to do the right things, too,'” he continued. “We did that. We negotiated. We made clear we were going to close the border, people weren’t going to be permitted to come here illegally.”
“And when we did that, we turned off the magnet. The incentives for people to make that terrible trek across Mexico were gone,” the former secretary said. “And then we began to work with these countries to make sure that we handled it well.”
“You can’t just flip the switch on countries around the world. You have to work alongside of them and build partnerships. That’s how we protect American sovereignty,” Pompeo added.
Border security deals reestablished
Ironically, Pompeo’s comments came shortly before the Biden White House confirmed that, similar to what Trump had done, they had reached agreements with Mexico and other Central American nations to increase security measures at their own borders to stem the flood of migrants northward, the Washington Examiner reported.
Perhaps if those border security deals that Trump had secured just a few years earlier had been allowed to remain in place, there wouldn’t have been a crisis-level surge of migrants at the border in recent months and Biden’s team wouldn’t have had to scramble to try and rebuild what they had just torn asunder with their own policies and rhetoric.