Trump Needs Mexico To Agree To Be “Safe Third Country” So The US Doesn’t Have To Deal With Asylum Seekers
Remember last week when President Donald Trump threatened Mexico with tariffs, and at the last minute, rescinded the threat? Trump said that if Mexico didn’t handle the immigration issue at the border — which is also a U.S. issue — that he would raise tariffs. Now we’re getting somewhat of what went down between Trump and Mexico.
Mexico will now be taking back more asylum seekers that are awaiting trial in the U.S.
While the “Remain In Mexico” policy is something the Trump Administration recently implemented, the new agreement with Mexico seems that the government will be accepting and tracking the incoming undocumented people.
Luis Carlos Cano, a spokesman for Mexico’s national immigration agency in Ciudad Juarez, told Reuters that last week Mexico accepted 200, which is an increase from the 100 people that returned previously. The publication also reports that an estimated “12,000 people have been returned to Mexico since it began in January.”
Furthermore, Mexico said they have agreed to be a “safe third country.”
At least that is, according to Trump. The publication states that “asylum seekers who first set foot on Mexican soil would have to apply for refugee status in Mexico instead of in the United States.”
Canada already has such a clause of being a “safe third country,” and the administration wants other countries to do that as well, including Guatemala.
However, just because a country is labeled as a “safe third country” doesn’t mean it is.
Human Rights First, a civil rights organization, said in a statement that the Trump Administration is merely passing the buck to not deal with the state of immigration reform. They’re also dangerously allowing other countries to become “safe” places for people that they clearly show are not welcomed.
“Guatemala is not a safe country for refugees,” the organization stated. “It is a country that refugees are fleeing. The U.S. State Department’s own human rights reports reveal that rape, femicide, violence against women, trafficking in persons, violent attacks against LGBTI persons, and gang-recruitment of displaced children are all serious problems in Guatemala. Corruption and extortion are rampant, leaving many people unprotected by the police and other authorities. Refugees returned to Guatemala would not only face dangers in Guatemala, but they would be at grave risk of being sent back to their countries of persecution given the country’s lack of effective systems and capacity for identifying and protecting refugees from deportation.”
This new claim by the administration of a third party plan is just another tactic of not helping asylum seekers.
Recently, the Mexican government’s newly formed Nation Guard began patrolling their southern border.
According to several reports, a recent push by the Mexican government detained 791 migrants. The Central American migrants were found during an operation by the Mexican National Guard when they stopped four trucks in the state of Veracruz.
Mexico has recently stepped up their efforts to curb migration from Central America to the U.S. border by way of Mexico. The Trump administration claims that the response from Mexico comes from the tariff threat made by the president, which would have meant Americans paying more for goods in Mexico.
According to The New York Times, Mexico had agreed to the border enforcement months before Trump publicly threatened tariffs against Mexico. This means that Mexico was already enforcing border security before Trump appealed to his base with a false claim that his tariffs forced Mexico’s hand to enforce their border.