President Donald J. Trump publicly roasted Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in front of the media in a White House meeting Tuesday morning.
During the meeting, which included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Vice President Michael R. Pence, Pelosi and Schumer first sparred over how to deal with border security in the context of a government shutdown before Trump took over the conversation and dominated Schumer.
Schumer started by blaming Trump for the last government shutdown, which the pair disagreed on, but Trump then said he’d happily shut it down again if it meant border security for the American people.
“You know what I’ll say? Yes – If we don’t get what we want, one way or the other, whether it’s through military, through anything you want to call it, I will shut down the government, absolutely,” Trump said.
“And I am proud – I’ll tell you what – I am proud to shut down the government for border security because the people of this country don’t want criminals, and people that have lots of problems, and drugs pouring into our country,” Trump continued.
“So I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it. The last time you shut it down, it didn’t work. I will take the mantle of shutting it down. And I will shut it down for border security,” he finished.
CLIP: Exchange between President Trump, @NancyPelosi & @SenSchumer on border security and government shutdown.
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 11, 2018
Meanwhile in Mexico…9 People Killed At a Wake in the State of Guanajuato
America must bolster its border security.
The Independent reported that gunmen killed nine people at a wake in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato on January 7, 2020.
Law enforcement officials in the city of Celaya revealed in a statement that gunmen showed up late that night and began firing on a group of people. The event was held in an impoverished neighborhood where residents mourned a young man who fell to gun fire a few days prior.
According to David Saucedo, a security analyst based in Guanajuato, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel carried out the attack against the deceased man’s family. The gunmen believed that the family was connected to the competing Santa Rosa de Lima gang, although many may not have connections with the gang.
“At that wake, a lot of innocent people died,” Saucedo observed.
Guanajuato is a flashpoint for a violent proxy war between major drug cartels. Since 2017, the Santa Rosa de Lima gang has fended off the fast-rising Jalisco cartel in a bloody turf war. Although law enforcement arrested the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima gang back in August, the violence has not gone away According to Saucedo, the Sinaloa cartel has intervened in this struggle to keep the Jalisco cartel from securing a foothold in Guanajuato. They’ve sent weapons, financial aid, and gunmen to prop up Santa Rosa de Lima and other local gangs.
With so much drama taking place stateside, we often forget that Mexico is a failed state. Similarly, the outrage stemming from the Wuhan virus pandemic largely overshadowed issues of border security and immigration. However, this should not lessen the importance of the immigration issue.
As Mexico continues tearing itself apart, America must bolster its border security. Unfortunately, the incoming President Joe Biden is not up to task and will prioritize weak border enforcement and a potential amnesty for illegal aliens. America will suffer greatly as a result.
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