The flood of migrants and the growing backlog of asylum cases clogging up courts and straining social services has many American media outlets and the chattering class concerned.
Just to be clear, none of that angst is directed toward the overwhelmed American legal system, which has nearly a million backlogged asylum cases pending, or the costs being borne by American taxpayers. But they are very worried about how it is affecting Mexico. Policies implemented by the Trump administration that require current asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their claims are being considered, and one that requires future migrants to ask for asylum in the first safe country they arrive in, “means Mexico may see a staggering increase in the number of asylum claims, a difficult situation given how many migrants are already straining that country’s asylum system,” reported National Public Radio (NPR).
Those concerns are, of course, legitimate. As reporter Carrie Kahn noted, “Detention facilities in [Mexico] are overcrowded…They’re ill-equipped for such large numbers now.” Oddly, media outlets like NPR never expressed similar concerns about how the exponential growth of asylum-seekers (most pressing bogus claims) is affecting the United States and communities on our side of the border.
All Things Considered host Mary Louise Kelly was quick to point out that U.S. policies are to blame for the growing burdens on Mexico. “This week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding President Trump’s [requirement that asylum seekers request protection in the first safe country they pass through]puts Mexico in a difficult position,” Kelly worried. “That means Mexico may see a staggering increase in the number of asylum claims, a difficult situation given how many migrants are already straining that country’s asylum system.”
Kelly has a point. U.S. asylum policies are at the root of the problem, just not the one she blamed. Rather, our ridiculously low bar for establishing a “credible fear” (which gets you into the country), and a judicial ruling that limits detention of families with children to just 20 days, are what sparked the surge of migrants making their way across Mexico. These are policies that Congress could easily fix, but won’t, requiring the administration to take action to curb the abuse. Kelly might also have pointed out that until Mexico was pressured, under threat of tariffs, into doing more to secure its own southern border, it seemed quite content to allow hundreds of thousands of migrants to make their way to the U.S. border.
In reality, the impact on Mexico may not be as dire as NPR and other pundits worry. Since the vast majority of the people claiming asylum are really economic migrants seeking greener pastures in the United States, the new barriers aimed at preventing them from making fraudulent asylum claims will likely result in dramatic decreases in the number of people entering Mexico illegally.
These policies will also convince many who are stuck in Mexico to return home. An August article in The Texas Observer, by Gus Bova, confirmed that the goal of most migrants is simply to get to United States so they can work. The Migrant Protection Protocol (which requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico) “is successfully convincing many migrants stranded in Matamoros to abandon their dream of reaching the United States. Multiple parents with kids from Central America’s Northern Triangle told me they were thinking of going home. Some said they’d never actually wanted asylum at all, but just to live and work in the United States for a time.”
The good news is that Central American migrants heading home should allay the concerns of media outlets and others who worry that the flood of migrants is too much for Mexico to handle. The bad news – for them, and others who believe that there are no limits on what the United States can handle – is that they will lose a political wedge to permanently pry open America’s borders.
Mexico Is Not Our Friend When It Comes to Illegal Entree Into America
But all of the sudden they agree with America when we threaten huge tariffs…LOL
‘ illegally or not. And why not? We put up with it, paying all the bills for their large families while they send money back to the home country, which is lost to our economies.’
That sounds more like the Indians and The Africans. Sorry bro. Marriages and Markets.
build the wall. kick out all illegals and there families. there is a right way to go into any country, the crazy dems just want more illegal votes to destroy our country. vote out all dems, libs and rinos in 2020 and all our problems will get better. We love you President Trump!
I think it’s a whole lot BS.. and as VET. I find it totally unacceptable. What has happened to our country?
Boo hoo. Mexico used to distribute pamphlets years ago to tell their citizens how to avoid contacts with the police or border patrol while illegally in this country. They have also allowed all sorts of groups to set up shop in Mexico assisting Central Americans on their journey here. All the countries to the south of us have an interest in having their citizens come here, illegally or not. And why not? We put up with it, paying all the bills for their large families while they send money back to the home country, which is lost to our economies.
The press made a martyr of the guy who drowned with his two year old daughter trying to cross the Rio Grande. But it was the real story of why he did it that got only a tiny fraction of the coverage of the original story. Both his mother and wife said he was coming because it was his long time dream to come here and make money to build a house back home. The child was his ticket in. And it’s absolutely correct that the numbers will plummet when they realize that a kid is not automatic entry with a court date years in the future. They will not be paying coyotes to bring them to the border to be told to wait in Mexico. Just more of the common sense thinking that the left and media in this country cannot grasp.
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