‘Caravan’ invaders to remain in Mexico while U.S. considers their asylum applications

In the past, political asylum applicants are often detained in the U.S. while their petitions move through the system. Because of the large caseload, lengthy backlog, and a shortage of detention space, many are given a court date and released.

President Trump has repeatedly denounced this de facto policy of “catch and release” and is doing something about it.

“Migrants” who seek to enter the United States from Mexico and ask for asylum, whether or not they present themselves to U.S. authorities at a legal port of entry, will be returned to Mexico while their claims are being processed by the U.S. government.

Molly O’Toole reports for the Los Angeles Times that on Jan. 3, 2018, the Trump administration and Mexico’s government announced that thousands of “caravan migrants” seeking asylum in the U.S. will be forced to wait in Mexico while their cases are considered – a process that can often take well over a year.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement that “catch and release” will be replaced with “catch and return,” and hailed the policy change as a historic measure that would “bring the illegal immigration crisis under control.”

Mexico’s agreement to hold the migrants is a major change from its traditional refusal to accept the return of migrants who aren’t Mexican. Under the new policy, which the Trump administration imposed unilaterally, but which Mexico said it would cooperate with on a temporary basis, third-party nationals or non-Mexican migrants will be allowed to remain in Mexico while their asylum claims are being processed.

That being said, Mexico’s agreement is only temporary. The foreign ministry said “Mexico reaffirms its sovereign right to admit or reject the entry of foreigners into its territory, in the exercise of its migration policy,” and that the government had rejected a U.S. proposal known as “safe third country,” under which Central Americans seeking asylum would generally have to seek protection in Mexico, not in the U.S., similar to a U.S. understanding with Canada.

Predictably, the new policy is bitterly oppposed by Democrats and the Left.

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), incoming chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, calls the new policy “the single biggest assault to date by this administration on the world’s most vulnerable populations coming to America – legally – and in search of a better life.”

Thank you, President Trump!

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One big problem is that the US has no safe third country agreement with Mexico — hence the ‘caravaners’ are not obligated to apply for asylum in Mexico, and Mexico is not obligated to stop them from traveling thru Mexico to apply asylum in the US — such an agreement must be concluded ASAP; all future aid to Mexico should be contingent on this — also, Trump must declare all countries in Central and South America as safe for asylum purposes, which they are; this step will enable applications from these countries to be rejected more quickly — an overabundance… Read more »

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ecah . . . . I could not agree more with the idea that “Poverty and Crime” are not sufficient reasons to flee your home country and come to the USA. In all too many instances, these illegals bring that same mindset with them when they invade our country.

The USA cannot and will never have the ability to take in all the world’s poor and those who “wish to find a better life via being enrolled in our Welfare programs.

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Hawkmoon

Deport them all! This will conserve our water resources, lower our globull Warming causing Green House Gases, lower pollution, and preserve our open spaces/wildlife habitat, and thus our wildlife! Building that Wall and deporting invaders ts the most environmental thing a President/Congress can do!

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Works for me.

Buzz
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Buzz

That consideration of applications should take several years or until they get tired and go back to the chithole country they came from, whichever comes first.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Why does anybody think we have a “obligation” to adopt them? We have enough trouble trying to hold onto enough of our own money here against a plethora of robber barons.

They can stay in Mexico, go home or move to Sri Lanka for all I care. They want them here because they want to destroy our country and get illegal votes to help them do it.

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Dan

Check out Castro’s unAmerian activities and communist connections at Keywiki, if you’ve got the stomach for it. His mother was a founder of La Raza Unida Party, and behind this little prick’s shit-eating grin lies hatred for our people and country. These apparatchiks don’t come from nowhere and go off to Stanford. They’re as much manufactured and groomed golems who’re set in motion by their creators as the fabled monsters in the Kabbalah. Sometimes we get a peek behind the screen as when an enemy of the American people with equally unAmerican communist creds like Tina Rutnik (listed ad nauseam… Read more »

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Mad Celt

Leftists do nothing out of the kindness of their hearts or the betterment of anything but themselves. I’ll wager they feel no empathy for these criminal immigrants. There is a gain behind their compassion, probably more voters to secure their power and cheap labor to benefit their big donors. An immoral people do not suddenly acquite the warm emotions the Democrats profess. They are devoid of goodness and immune to the positive feelings connected to it. If Democrats love anything it is power and wealth. Every illegal coming across the border successfully is money in the bank. Why should I… Read more »

Anonymous
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But Democrats need the votes!

Alma
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Alma

It is over crowded as it is, we don’t need any more slums.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Even Ronnie Ray-Gun signed bills into law to penalize businesses that hired illegals. Then they promptly refused to prosecute them. As long as they will hire them (especially off the books or at greatly reduced rates) they will. We don’t even need more laws. We already have them. They simply don’t enforce them. Just like the ICE thing. This isn’t, as “Dan” says, because they are such kindly humanitarians. When I was young and my kids were little I would take my annual leave and work at a lumber mill during shut down as a millwright. We needed the money.… Read more »