While illegal immigrants and deadly fentanyl continue to stream into the U.S. from Mexico, two-thirds of Americans still believe we share a friendly relationship with our southern neighbor.
That same number of Americans, according to an AP-NORC poll, believe the U.S. and Mexico share responsibility for Biden's open border. Overall, just 16 percent of Americans consider Mexico a close ally.
"On the one hand, the administration needs to alter its policies. On the other hand, we need to be able to work with Mexico and rely on Mexico to be a partner in stopping this phenomenon, which is damaging to both countries," says Ira Mehlman, spokesperson for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
Mehlman says only Gov. Abbott's truck inspections have made any difference at all.
"The Mexican government relies on this cross-border commerce that takes place. It can be beneficial to both countries. And delaying the cross-border commerce does impact the Mexican government, and gets their attention," he says.
"Those are the sorts of things that need to happen if you have a government that is not willing to cooperate and help out with the crisis we've been experiencing. People are going to travel wherever they choose to take a vacation. That's up to them. But there are things at the government-to-government level that can be done."