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Thousands in Migrant Caravan Reject Mexican Offer of Jobs, Vow to Continue to U. S.

Thousands in Migrant Caravan Reject Mexican Offer of Jobs, Vow to Continue to U. S.

“No, we’re heading north!”

Last weekend, I covered the latest caravan of illegal immigrants careening toward our southern border, and on Friday, Mary blogged about President Trump considering executive action to narrow requirements for asylum-seekers.

Now we are learning that thousands of illegal immigrants currently making their way through Mexico have been offered refugee status by the Mexican government.  Refugee status in Mexico would make the illegal aliens eligible for medical care, schooling, shelter, and jobs.  The offer was rejected.

The Sacramento Bee reports:

Hundreds of Mexican federal officers carrying plastic shields blocked a Central American caravan from advancing toward the United States on Saturday, after a group of several thousand migrants turned down the chance to apply for refugee status and obtain a Mexican offer of benefits.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has announced what he called the “You are at home” plan, offering shelter, medical attention, schooling and jobs to Central Americans in Chiapas and Oaxaca states if migrants apply, calling it a first step toward permanent refugee status. Authorities said more than 1,700 had already applied for refugee status.

. . . .  The bulk of the migrants were boisterous Friday evening in their refusal to accept anything less than safe passage to the U.S. border.

“Thank you!” they yelled as they voted to reject the offer in a show of hands. They then added: “No, we’re heading north!”

BBC News has further details on the array of benefits these “refugees” rejected from Mexico.

Mexico has offered temporary work permits to migrants who register for asylum, as a big caravan of Central American migrants makes its way through the country toward the US.

. . . . The scheme, announced by President Enrique Peña Nieto, covers Central Americans who have officially asked for refugee status in Mexico or are planning to do so in the near future.

It is called Estas en Tu Casa (“This is Your Home” in Spanish).

“Today, Mexico extends you its hand,” President Peña Nieto said.

But he added: “This plan is only for those who comply with Mexican laws, and it’s a first step towards a permanent solution for those who are granted refugee status in Mexico.”

The plan envisages:

  • Temporary ID cards and work permits
  • Medical care
  • Schooling for migrants’ children
  • Housing in local hostels

According to the BBC report, economic migrants are not entitled to asylum.

Most migrants said they had no intention of abandoning their plans to head to the US.

“The majority plan to cross the border. And that’s my intention, too,” Jose Santos, from Honduras, told the BBC.

“Because, yes, while life here is calmer than at home, it’s still not like the US where it would get better. That’s the goal: to have a better life.”

. . . .  Many of the migrants say they plan to seek asylum in the US.

There is a legal obligation under international law to hear asylum claims from migrants who have arrived in the US if they say they fear violence in their home countries.

But in June, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that victims of domestic abuse and gang violence would no longer generally qualify for asylum in the US.

Those seeking asylum must be fleeing due to a serious fear of persecution in their home country. Under international law, these are considered refugees.

If an asylum seeker enters the US illegally, they are still entitled to have their claim heard.

Economic migrants are those seeking a better quality of life – and even if they are fleeing devastating poverty, they are not considered refugees and do not have the same protections.

It will be interesting to see how or if the rejection of Mexico’s generous offer plays out in terms of those illegal aliens who do breach our border and request asylum “for a better life.”

Meanwhile, Vice President Pence announced that Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández revealed that the caravan has been organized and funded by “outside groups.”

Fox News reports:

Vice President Mike Pence descended on the southwest as part of a midterm rallying blitz, bringing with him a warning that the migrant caravan is being funded by outside, leftist groups, citing intel said to be provided by foreign partners and a phone call with a Central American leader.

“What the president of Honduras told me is that the caravan was organized by leftist organizations, political activists within Honduras, and he said it was being funded by outside groups, and even from Venezuela,” Pence told Fox News in an interview late Friday in Yuma, Arizona.  “So the American people, I think, see through this – they understand this is not a spontaneous caravan of vulnerable people.”

Pence also advised that “anyone coming up in this caravan should just turn around. . . . They should go home, or they should apply for asylum in Mexico.”

Tucker Carlson had a proponent of the caravan on his show and asked why the illegal aliens are refusing asylum in Mexico and why it’s okay for illegal aliens to vote in San Francisco elections.  Carlson also asked if Americans should be granted the vote in the foreign countries in which they reside.  He got rambling, nonsensical answers and eventually just gave up.



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Sure, stay in Mexico for the free healthcare and benefits. That gets a laugh.

Hold the line, President Trump.

Most of the people, in the horde moving toward the US, are nothing more than economic migrants. They hold no animosity toward the U.S. They just see it as a big piggy bank which will substantially enrich their lives. In this regard, they are like about 70% of the people on the planet Earth. But, this horde is being backed and directed by people inimical to the United States, her people and her interests. It is the same as stampeding cattle through a town, which we have seen a thousand times in the movies.

The problem for America, is that our responses to this horde, and others like it, is limited. We could have much of a border wall in place, by now, which would make it easier to control the invaders. But, the leadership of this country, with the exception of DJT, stymied that. So, we are now limited to either allowing the horde to overrun our border, or kill them. Neither is very appealing. And, both should have been off the table at this point.

    Matt_SE in reply to Mac45. | October 27, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Barbed wire, military TANKS, and rubber bullets if the need arises. The only thing we lack is the will to enforce the law.

The first thing to do is stop the pussyfooting—eliminate any form of asylum at the border. Do this immediately and publicly. Aspirants can claim asylum through channels, or forget about it entirely. Otherwise, “asylum on demand” is just cheese, and naturally we’ll be overrun with mice. And when the mice have finished with the cheese, they’ll eat everything else. Even worse, the mice will be accompanied by rats and cockroaches—cheese for mice means cheese for everybody. And they’ll eat everything even faster than the mice.

    guyjones in reply to tom_swift. | October 28, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    It’s painfully clear that the asylum process is being grossly abused and is being taken advantage of by illegal aliens looking to “game” the system. Wholesale reform to filter legitimate asylum claims from phony ones is needed. Otherwise, we are going to be continually played for fools.

Tell Mexico that they need to request military aid from the United States and troops should come into Mexico and assist. If Mexico chooses not to do this, good by any foreign aid and no more wire remittances across the border.

So, Mexico stepped up. Next, a good neighbor policy with nations on their southern border. A good neighbor policy that will conserve rights and responsibilities, promote emigration reform, and mitigate the progress and collateral damage from immigration reform, including refugee crises.

    oldgoat36 in reply to n.n. | October 28, 2018 at 8:32 am

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say Mexico stepped up, they didn’t block this invasion force from coming into Mexico, being transported by trucks, housed, fed and being used as Propaganda for the leftists. The stated goals from the beginning with this invasion force was going to the US, using outside funds from leftists groups looking to aid them in coming into the US illegally.

    Mexico knew the majority of this mob was not interested in stopping in Mexico, it was invading the US, so this is a fairly phony offering.

    If you offer something that you know most won’t take you up on, are you stepping up or are you posturing? When you know the likely outcome is that your offer is going to be rejected, which really nullifies any claims of refugee status, it’s little more than hot air to pretend that they are working with the US interests. His offer is to help keep any aid going to Mexico from being cut off. It is a political calculation directed at the leftists who want to give away our country to use in rhetorical warfare against Trump.

Random points for those with more expertise than me to address, but from my perspective:
1. Failure to seek asylum in 1st Nation (Mexico) vs preferred nation (USA) would seem to be sufficient evidence/cause to reject any claim before a US court. On it’s face it is ludicrous.
2. Mexico seems to be stepping up on this one. Pressure seems to have been effective even if Mexican government efforts have not.
3. Pressure points to announce and apply as caravan moves closer to border:
A. Announce closure of all land, air sea ports of entry.
B. Redeploy all Customs enforcement from those to southern border for ‘the duration of the situation’
C. Announce the expectation of cooperation with relevant Nation’s embassies and consulates in facilitating repatriation. Failure to receive cooperation results in expelling Ambassador and down the line of authority until cooperation achieved
D. Combined with C freeze US government transfer of funds, then stop private transfers, then freeze assets of government and government officials within USA
E. Since we won’t know the identity of those from ‘caravan’ who leak through into interior of USA, then we must assume that any ‘undocumented’ encountered is from ‘caravan’. Obviously we need to quarantine these folks until screened for communicable disease, purely for public health.


    The best steps would be to get the military at the border in strength to block the invasion and punish the crap out of Mexico; and then to boot Sessions out of the Department of Justice, fumigate it, and then investigate and prosecute those responsible for organizing the invasion.

    It’s be nice to see soros and tome styer rot in prison.

“”Mexico seems to be stepping up on this one.””

Yeah. They’re stepping up to trucks and vans heading north and making them carry as many illegals as they can handle. The Mexicans have never “stepped up” since the Spanish landed.

    Barry in reply to txvet2. | October 28, 2018 at 2:11 am

    Yep. All their “stepping up” is show. The real effort is to get these invaders to the border by election day, which would be impossible were they really walking.