With relations between Korea and the United States fluctuating wildly in the past few weeks, the opinions of Heritage experts have been much sought after in analyzing the situations at hand.
On Tuesday, Heritage’s expert on Northeast Asia Bruce Klingner was asked to come onto multiple major networks to give his analysis of the situation at hand. FOX News and CNN interviewed him to talk about the pace of the events unfolding, and what to expect in the coming talks about denuclearization. Klingner also published an article in the Washington Post that day, where he compared Trump’s relations with Kim Jong Un to The Scrambler, a nauseating carnival ride filled with twists, drops, and sudden turns.With Kim Jong Un’s unpredictable actions, Klingner says that “We’re in unchartered waters.” He also told Rebecca Kheel from The Hill that he is hopeful that President Trump will set the summit back in motion.
Later in the week, Heritage expert Olivia Enos appeared on FOX Business to offer her analysis on what she called the “on-again, off-again summit of the century,” and discuss whether we could expect the summit to happen. Fellow expert Dean Cheng also offered his perspective to FOX Business to discuss what the effects of a U.S.-North Korea summit might be, and how America should approach negotiations.
As the rollercoaster of events continues, Heritage experts will be prominent voices in analyzing and recommending policy for the issue.
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Heritage homeland security expert David Inserra recently published a report on amnesty, advocating for Congress to clearly enforce the rule of law for illegal immigrants. As millions of immigrants patiently wait for the day that they can live out the American dream, Inserra says, “Amnesty rewards those who have broken the law with citizenship,” which goes against our fundamental principles as a republic. Inserra urges the U.S. government to “apply the laws fairly and equally.” He believes that Congress should “put the needs and interests of American citizens” first.
Senior policy analyst James Jay Carafano published another commentary soon after on President Trump’s successful relationship with Mexico. Carafano notes that the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico are now closer than it was with previous U.S. administrations. A good standing relationship with Mexico helps secure the border, and “the facts speak for themselves,” says Carafano. President Trump focuses his efforts in securing the interests of the American people, which should be reassuring to our fellow Americans.
Heritage stresses the importance of rejecting amnesty proposals, enforcing the border, and recapitalizing the Coast Guard, among many other solutions. Until the federal government prioritizes law-abiding citizens over lawbreakers, those at Heritage will continue to advocate on behalf of U.S. interests.We’re pleased to see President Trump embrace our recommendation to improve cooperation with the Mexican government, and look forward to seeing more of its policies embraced in the near future.
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