News & Politics

Former NYPD Commish Kerik Encourages Trump to Hold Mexico 'Accountable' on Immigration

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Responding on Twitter to a post written Monday by PJ Media Washington Editor Bridget Johnson, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik had this to say:

Johnson’s post quoted Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ remark during a speech when he said there was “an important conversation occurring in this country about whether we want to be a country of laws or whether we want to be a country without borders.”

Kerik brings up something that has long been a sore spot for border state dwellers no matter who is in the White House at the time: no one in the immigration “debate” ever brings up Mexico’s culpability in the problem.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is now a fierce, loudmouthed critic of President Trump when it comes to people crossing illegally from his country into the United States. When he was in office and asked about Mexico doing its part to stem the flow of illegal immigration, Fox weakly replied,  “What can Mexico do to prevent undocumented workers from entering the United States?”

There has been almost no pressure on any Mexican president by any American president of either party to get involved in what almost all would agree is an untenable border situation. Maybe Mexico can’t stop the problem completely, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be participating in the solution, as well as being held accountable for being part of the problem.