Democrats and Republicans continue to butt heads regarding President Trump’s proposed border wall, specifically over whether or not the project will be fully funded.
In the meantime, the new Mexican government is making big moves in order to stop the influx of illegal immigrants pouring into their cities. It has been reported that Mexico has cut off entry access to their own shared southern border with Guatemala.
The Daily Wire reports:
In a move that will likely shock pro-immigration activists, Mexico’s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and his administration have agreed to close the border between Mexico and Guatemala, largely to prevent more migrant caravans from crossing into Mexico’s southern states.
The Washington Times reported that a Mexican Interior Minister spoke to the media, saying that Mexico’s border security “is no longer an issue.”
“Do you know why it is no longer an issue? Because in five days this administration solved the issue, five days,” she went on. “The United States was impressed.”
On top of that, the newly elected Mexican government is working on promoting a “Christmas at Home” campaign, as reported by the Washington Times. This campaign is meant to encourage those migrants who are currently at the shared border between the United States and Mexico to go back home in order to spend the holidays with their loved ones.
The Daily Wire explains:
The change in Mexican immigration policy seems to the be the result of two recent developments: one, a conversation that newly-elected President Obrador had with President Donald Trump to discuss “migration and job creation,” according to the Toronto Star, and public opinion in Tijuana, where migrants are camped out at an official U.S. border crossing, waiting their turn to declare asylum and enter the United States as refugees.
Residents of Tijuana are having a difficult time handling the influx of refugees. The Guardian reports that conditions have gotten so bad that Tijuana residents have launched a series of protests begging the government to consider native Mexicans first before providing aid to members of the migrant caravan. So far, migrants have been housed at a soccer stadium in town, but Tijuana residents say they are spreading filth and leaving garbage all over one of Mexico’s top tourist cities, making the town nearly uninhabitable.
The Guardian predicts that the number of illegal migrants currently camping out in Tijuana is somewhere between 3,000 and 7,000. Clearly, this is a large range as it is hard to keep track of people who are in the country illegally. There are roughly 10,000 names on the list to request asylum at an official border crossing.
Authorities in Mexico want to bring an end to these kinds of issues by vastly limiting who can come in through Mexico’s southern border. The government has not, however, given specifics as to how they are going to stop the migrant caravans from entering. The Daily Wire suggests that a solution may be to move all traffic from Guatemala to Mexico on one single bridge.
A Mexican border enforcement agent suggested to reporters, “In the south there will be only one entry, on the bridge. Anyone who wants to enter illegally, we are going to say: ‘Get in line and you can enter our country.’”
The Daily Wire explains:
The border control policy doesn’t come free for the United States, however. The Toronto Star reports that Mexico is asking for help in creating a “Central American jobs program,” that will help the residents of developing nations like El Salvador and Guatemala find opportunities at home, rather than seeking them abroad. Mexico is looking for a U.S. commitment of approximately $20 billion dollars — no small ask.
“In respectful and friendly terms, we spoke about the migration issue and the possibility of implementing a joint program of development and job creation in Central America and our country,” Obrador wrote in a tweet regarding his conversation with President Trump.
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