CNN International’s Christiane Amanpour interviewed Marco López Wednesday specifically to speak about Trump’s recent crackdown on immigration.
Amanpour directed conversation specifically to outstanding questions surrounding the travel ban, stating that there “seems to be a randomness about procedures” in terms of who to let back into the country, who to detain, and how this should be done. López commented that there remains “a lot of ambiguity” surrounding the empowerment of “local agent[s] to make decisions that impact world travel without clear guidelines,” and rather than treat every scenario the same, many individuals traveling to and from the United States ultimately have different and unique circumstances – and each needs to be treated accordingly.
López’s segment with Amanpour concluded with a focus on the law enforcement component of immigration. “You have only a small amount of resources to deploy against the criminal element in your community.” López comments that we needn’t be distracted by gardeners and people working in the service industry who have merely overstayed a visa. We need to “focus our resources against the criminal element.”
Marco A. López, Jr. is the President and CEO of International Business Solutions, Inc. (IBS), a business advisory firm that provides strategic business development and policy direction to both international and domestic organizations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously served as U.S. advisor to the successful presidential campaign of Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto on topics of border security and safety, border trade and commerce, and economic development. Prior to founding IBS, Marco was Chief of Staff at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP). At the age of 22, he became one of the youngest mayors in the United States, elected into office at Arizona’s largest border community of Nogales, Arizona. He held various positions in Arizona state government and was appointed by then Governor Janet Napolitano as Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce.