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Commentary: John R. Block Reports from Washington


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And now today’s commentary-

I find it hard to believe that since last October more than one million migrants were arrested at our border. They are just flooding into our country. They are coming from countries all over the world. We are seeing a large number of Ukrainian and Cuban immigrants. President Biden’s open-door policy encourages the surge of people. Some estimates in the newspaper put our number of illegal immigrants at 30 million already in the U.S. and another 30 million on the way. Whatever the number is – we are a total failure.

When Trump was president, he used Title 42 of a law passed in 1996 that says illegals shall be detained. Interesting point – Senator Biden voted for that law. It gives the Attorney General the authority to return aliens to Mexico. That “Remain in Mexico” policy was very effective in reducing the number of illegals getting across the border. They had to wait in Mexico until their asylum claims were heard. President Biden has not enforced that law effectively. He doesn’t want to. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced on April 1st that the health order was no longer needed. The Supreme Court ruled this week to keep the order in place. It will expire on May 23rd anyway. What next Mr. President? The bottom line is – immigration should be a legal process. We need to restrict drug dealers, gang members, and terrorists. We need to pick and choose who gets to come into our country. We have a border crisis. What’s going on now is a circus. Let’s look at some other subjects.

I know we have some distractions with the Ukraine war, crime escalation, inflation and immigration, but let’s turn to trade. I think we are moving too slow. China is our number 1 trading partner. President Trump put hundreds of tariffs on Chinese products that we need to import. Of course, in retaliation China slapped tariffs on our exports to them. It is time to sit down with China and start eliminating tariffs. The give and take process will save our importers a lot of money.

Let’s not forget we have a phase one trade deal with China that the Trump Administration negotiated. It needs to be reviewed and updated. China has not been meeting their obligations. We need to get new trade deals with the UK and the European Union.

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