The events of the past 24 hours, which saw a group of some 500 migrants try to cross the US border between Tijuana and San Diego simultaneously, has clearly irked the US President who now threatens his southern neighbor with completely shutting down the border.
In his first comments on the situation at the border which threatens to trouble the relationship between the current White House administration and the incoming President-Elect of Mexico, Mr Lopez Obrador, President Trump stated: “Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!”
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Because of the tense situation at the border, the new government of President-Elect Mr Lopez Obrador faces the immediate and escalating problem of what to do with the several thousand migrants straining the border city of Tijuana while they feel that the US drags its heels on asylum requests.
Mr Gustavo Mohar, a former migration undersecretary, says he sees “no coincidence” in the timing. He thinks that Mexico needs to make clear whether or not it is planning to accept to be the US’s “filter,” in which he refers to a plan that the White House administration has offered to the Mexican government where asylum seekers would stay in Mexico until their documents are arranged.
Mr Mohar admitted that when it comes to the matter of immigration “the US is putting Mexico up against a wall.”
However, the US sees that differently. The administration of US President Trump has ordered a halt to the policy of allowing migrants to cross illegally before turning themselves in to request asylum.
Although a federal judge last week blasted the measure, setting the stage for further legal battles over Mr Trump’s hardline immigration policy, the White House found a way around it and now wants Mexico to assume the mantle of “safe third country”, under which migrants would be obliged to seek refugee status on arrival there.
By sheltering the migrants, Mexico is already informally operating “80 per cent as a third safe country”, said Roberto Velasco, an adviser to Mr Ebrard, and the Remain in Mexico idea was widely interpreted as a de facto safe third country arrangement.
The problem for Mexico is of course that they have already offered asylum to the migrants willing to stay, which most of them refused.
Ms Sánchez Cordero, a former Supreme Court judge, said in a statement that “the future government does not consider in its plans that Mexico should assume the condition of ‘safe third country’.”
Mr Jorge Castañeda, a former Mexican foreign minister, dismissed the notion as “ridiculous.”
“Safe third country in one of the most unsafe countries in the world?” he said. “And the worst city in Mexico today is Tijuana.”
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