Mexican authorities are making their way to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to confer with the organizers of another migrant caravan preparing to head north to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Given the number of people in Tijuana – and elsewhere – waiting months for an asylum hearing, overwhelming the system with hundreds or thousands of more foreign nationals will only serve to inflame tensions. (Hot Air)
The head of Mexico’s immigration office, Tonatiuh Guillen, left on Wednesday on a trip to El Salvador and Honduras to meet with his counterparts and other authorities, said Interior Ministry spokesman Hector Gandini.
Mexico hopes to discourage a mass exodus from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and wants Central Americans who decide to migrate north to do so in an orderly way and through legal ports of entry.
This is shaping up to be the first serious test of AMLO’s new government and their resolve to put an end to mass illegal immigration. Just this week, Mexican officials announced that they were deploying large numbers of federal troops to nearly 300 common border crossing points in an effort to stem the tide. But if this new caravan is anywhere near the size of the last one they could easily overwhelm the border security forces.
Mexico’s Interior Ministry spokesman announced that anyone attempting to enter the country illegally will be deported, but those who wish to present themselves at a designated point of entry and request legal entry would have their requests heard fairly. If the entire caravan shows up at a single POE that might be possible, but if they scatter along the border as the last group did, their prospects for success seem limited at best.
The problem seems to originate with the governments of Guatemala and Honduras, which don’t seem particularly interested in stopping these mass exoduses.
They’re also unable to curb violent crime by MS-13 and drug cartels, which have spread their tentacles into our country. Some advisers say we may have reached a point where cutting off foreign aid would be ineffective.