IS PRESIDENT TRUMP “WINNING” IN MEXICO?

Has President Donald Trump managed to overcome the endless impediments Democrats have placed on his efforts to secure our southern border, and significantly stopped the flow of illegals into the country?

Well, if you read Catherine E. Shoichet and Natalie Gallóns article at, of all places, cnn.com, that’s going to be your takeaway.

Here is how it begins:

The commander paces in front of a line of troops, preparing them for the day’s mission.

“We are in our country. We are in Mexico. We are enforcing our laws,” he says, his voice getting louder with each point he makes.

“Nobody is going to come here to trample on our laws,” he continues. “Nobody is going come here to trample on our country, on our land.”

Soon afterward, according to local media reports, military police from Mexico’s National Guard blocked a large group of migrants in Tuzantán, Mexico, who had been trying to head north. The caravan, made up of thousands of migrants largely from Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, was disbanded and sent to an immigrant detention camp in southern Mexico.

A video of the October 12 operation went viral and stirred a mix of reactions in Mexico, adding fresh fuel to a point critics of President Andres Manuel López Obrador have been making for months.

Mexico, they argue, actually built US President Donald Trump’s border wall after all — not with concrete or bricks or steel, but with thousands of federal forces like this camouflage-clad commander and the troops following his orders.

And Mexico, they argue, is paying for it.

Yes, US taxpayers have been footing the bill for efforts to build new physical barriers at the US-Mexico border.

But experts note that Mexico’s massive deployment of National Guard troops over the past few months has played a major role in blocking migrants from reaching the US border in the first place. It’s a point Trump himself has made at several recent events — a dramatic change in tone from his sharp criticisms of Mexico earlier this year.

“I would like to thank President López Obrador of Mexico for the great cooperation we are receiving, and for right now putting 27,000 troops on our southern border,” Trump told the United Nations General Assembly last month. “Mexico is showing us great respect, and I respect them in return.”

Is this for real?  Has President Trump found a serious, workable end-around – the threat of tariffs that would cripple Mexico’s economy – for stemming the tidal wave of illegals flowing into our country?

And, if so, how long will it last?  How long with Mexico hold to its agreement – which also begs the question of how long President Obrador and President Trump remain in power?

Time, of course, will tell.

But if an article at cnn.com – a venue that is certainly not looking for reasons to tout Donald Trump’s successes – says that, at least for the moment, President Trump’s tariff strategy is working, there certainly is reason to believe it may be true…

…which, to me, is very, very good news. How about you?

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