Successful foreign policy negotiations have traditionally relied upon an appropriate balance of "carrots and sticks." So far it seems that President Trump has chosen to use only sticks in pursuit of a solution for our southern border immigration problem.

A sincere desire for a solution could've started with a few carrots like: appointment of ambassadors and robustly staffing embassies in all of Central America; convening a summit of Central American presidents and U.S. State Department specialists for a "no-holds-barred" discussion of how we may help solve social and economic problems in their countries; increasing aid to fund agreed upon solutions to problems; and filling all of the budgeted immigration judge positions at the border (approximately 40 percent are intentionally unfilled).

Perhaps the only reason these haven't been pursued is that Trump prefers to have the issue in order to perpetuate the self-image of personal victimhood. In his new book "The Conservative Sensibility," conservative columnist George Will laments that Republican conservatism in America today has devolved into "whiny victimology." Sad.

Jerome Bourgeois

League City


(4) comments

Carlos Ponce

No, it has to do with obeying the laws on the books, the laws created by judicial decree and working with an uncooperative House who only desire is "open borders". Solving the "economic problems" of Central American countries means dealing with corrupt regimes, drug cartels and pandillas. Pouring money into these countries to "fix" the problem only strengthens the corrupt powers that be.

Bailey Jones

“But thus I counsel you, my friends: Mistrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. They are people of a low sort and stock; the hangmen and the bloodhound look out of their faces. Mistrust all who talk much of their justice! Verily, their souls lack more than honey. And when they call themselves the good and the just, do not forget that they would be pharisees, if only they had—power.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Kelly Naschke

Newsflash for Jerome...the sticks seem to be working since Mexico has ramped up its own southern border security and immigration policies.

Gary Miller

Decades of 'bribing' the corruption in those countries only increased the problem. After they ate the carrots they demanded bacon. The Trump way is working and if it fails we are better off than before.

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