‘They’re all going to ultimately cross, just in a different location than here…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) The Mexican government agreed to allow Central Americans, who seek asylum in the United States, to wait in Mexico until they receive a court date in America.
But the Mexican government has all but reneged on their agreement, according to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
CIS visited a caravan migrant shelter in Piedras Negras, which is on the Rio Grande near the Texas border, and discovered that the Mexican government has implemented a catch-and-release process similar to that found in the United States.
On Feb. 8, the Mexican government arrested about 2,000 Central Americans—Hondurans, Salvadorans and Guatemalans—before they tried to illegally enter the United States.
After detaining the migrants, authorities housed them in the Piedras Negras ceramics factory,
Due to riots and unrest, the Mexican government will close the shelter and release the immigrants on a special visa program that will allow migrants to work and live in Mexico for one year while they await a U.S. court date.
The Mexican government will then drive the migrants to different border areas, where they will supposedly seek housing, work and a comfortable life for the next year.
In reality, however, Mexico is giving them a free pass to walk across the U.S. border, claim asylum status and set up a court date for their asylum hearing, never to be heard from again.
The special visa program does not require them to stay in a certain area or fulfill any requirements.
“They’re all going to ultimately cross, just in a different location than here,” said Agent Jon Anfinsen, local president of the Border Patrol Union in Del Rio, Texas, which covers Eagle Pass, the Texas town opposite Piedras Negras.
“This has to do with them [the Mexican government] showing they’re trying to do something. What this does is make everything more digestible for both sides. It’s more orderly, but it’s not stopping it [illegal crossings into the U.S. by caravaners].”
The Washington Post reported that 10,000 Central Americans migrants had applied for a special work visa as of January 2019.
Yet, many of them want these visas to secure their release from custody, as the “the vast majority of the migrants want to head to the United States,” not work in Mexico.