October 22, 2018

Central American Caravan

“A growing caravan of Honduran migrants streamed through southern Mexico on Sunday heading toward the United States, after making an end-run around Mexican agents who briefly blocked them at the Guatemalan border.”

AP News

President Trump threatened last week “to cut aid to three Central American nations if they let people travel to the U.S. illegally.”

AP News

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From the Left

The left is criticizing the Trump administration’s immigration policies and Trump’s threats to cut aid to Central Americans countries.

This is “yet another demonstration of how even harsh attempts to deter migrants from making the journey to the U.S.-Mexico border, including separating parents and children, often fail." According to the Center for American Progress, “if the choice is sudden death or imminent certain death in your country, or going somewhere else with the possibility you might be detained or separated, you take the lesser of the two evils."

The Atlantic

“Trump doesn’t appear to understand that the US can’t simply shut down the US-Mexico border; that people coming to the US without papers can’t simply be repelled or deported (because they might have valid grounds to claim asylum)... Trump characterizes the problem with Central America as gang violence, but uses that as a reason for the US not to accept Central American migrants, rather than a reason to extend asylum to them.”

Vox

30% of Hondurans currently live in poverty, and violent crime and gang violence are rampant. Withdrawing US dollars that are being used to promote economic development and the rule of law could shatter any hopes of sustainably bringing Hondurans out of poverty or mitigating violence. This could motivate more Hondurans to make the dangerous journey north in search of a safer, more secure environment."

CNN

Moreover, “cutting off aid could push Central American countries into the arms of countries like China that don’t include respect for human rights in many of their economic investment and development programs... [This] would both be of severe detriment to the people of Central American and would be damaging to the U.S. from a geopolitical perspective."

The Hill

Some note that “the caravans are a drop in the immigration bucket and pose no significant risk to the United States... [Trump] went apoplectic in April when a caravan of about 1,200 Central American migrants moved through Mexico; government officials there dispersed most of the migrants and only about 150 reached the U.S. border. For comparison, so far this year, border agents have arrested an average of 42,651 migrants per month."

Los Angeles Times

From the Right

The right believes the caravan must be stopped and immigration law must be enforced strictly.

From the Right

The right believes the caravan must be stopped and immigration law must be enforced strictly.

According to Steve Cortes, president of the Trump Hispanic Advisory Council, “Americans are compassionate people, and we empathize with all those who suffer and respect the desire of millions to become Americans. Tolerating illegality is not real compassion, not for our own American citizens and not for illegal immigrants who are often abused by the inherent criminality of porous borders."

Washington Times

“The caravan migrants believe that they are entitled to simply pass through Mexico without any interference and ensconce themselves in the United States... This ‘open borders’ demand is a direct challenge to U.S. national sovereignty. Migrants are not entitled to insist upon a ‘right’ to choose the United States as their destination country, including would-be asylum-seekers if they are offered the chance for asylum in Mexico first."

Frontpage Magazine

“Halting the flow of illegal immigration ought to be a bipartisan issue, because Congress and the president are obligated to enforce our immigration laws. If Democrats in the House and Senate believe immigration laws need to be changed they should work with Republican colleagues and the president to try to do so... If illegal immigrants believe they can enter the U.S. at will, many more may choose to come here in violation of our laws."

Fox News

“When Trump, under intense political fire, ended his ‘zero tolerance’ policy of separating refugees from their children, this message went out to Mexico and Central America: bring your kids with you when you cross the border. They will have to stay with you and they cannot be held for more than 20 days. When they are released, you will be released to await a hearing on your claim of asylum. The odds are excellent that you can then vanish into the U.S. population and never be sent back."

The American Conservative

Many argue for cooperation with Mexico. “It seems to me that the burden has to fall on Mexico at this point. They have the ability to shut this down and if they’re willing to do so the White House should consider offering them some sort of support in terms of funding and supplies to help them honor their obligations."

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