Trump's Plan To Deter Asylum WATCH: President Trump Says 1 day ago   06:14

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Last Tuesday morning, Catardo Gómez stepped from the United States into Mexico, looked around briefly in confusion, and was immediately swarmed by microphones and cameras.

He’d made history simply by walking onto the other side of El Chaparral, a pedestrian border crossing connecting San Diego with Tijuana. Gómez was the first migrant sent back under a new Trump administration program, called the Migrant Protection Protocol, which requires asylum seekers to wait out their cases in Mexico instead of the U.S.

“I’m going straight to the place where I’m staying,” Gómez told the scrum of reporters before being hustled into a van by Mexican immigration agents. “I’m tired.”

Soon, more migrants from Central America like Gómez will be forced to make the trek back over the border as they wait for their asylum cases, which the US is required by domestic and international law to hear in full before it deports asylum seekers back to their home countries. If the program is fully implemented, the implications could be massive.

Most asylum seekers who enter the U.S. through the southern border, either by presenting themselves at a port of entry or crossing illegally and surrendering to Border Patrol agents, wait in the United States while their asylum cases proceed through the severely backlogged immigration court system, which can take months or years.

But now, a growing number will be forced to wait out the process in Mexican border cities, which are often beset by the same problems of violence and poverty that migrants fled in the first place. Some are likely to give up and return home as a result, and both supporters and critics of the program say such a deterrent effect is part of its design.

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Comments 1058 Comments

OmegaMan
Instead of using money for the wall the US needs to help Mexico and their economy develop and give its citizens a better life. If you make Mexico more ideal then they won’t risk coming.
Apple Tree
Pueblo Sin Fronteras or People Without Borders which is a activist group based in Chicago is the source behind these people making it to the border. Who pays for buses? Who pays for water? Who pays for food? These folks traveled hundreds and hundreds of miles, who helped them? Pueblo Sin Fronteras.
Annette California
These people think that money is just flowing from the US, they don’t come here to work don’t be dumb
Charles Boquet
Time to shred some bunkers south of the border.
NohBody
No, dumbasses. People illegally flooding our border creates a new border crisis.
CAPTAIN ANGELO
Why can't American citizens go to the border and help the BP protect our country?
Paul Werdel
They want to come here to drop their fake anchor babies and live a free life as they won't have to work.  Sounds like fraud to me.
Paul Werdel
Boo Hoo
Flora Shears
THERE COMING OVER HERE CUS THEY FEAR FOR THERE LIVES FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PLEASE WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE HAVE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WELL WE SURE AS HELL DONT RUN TO ANOTHER COUNTRY NO WE DEAL WITH IT. THEY USE THESE WORDS FLEEING FOR OUR LIVES LIKE THEY USE THE WORD RACIST ALL THE TIME, VERY LOOSELY
TP 4UrbHol
WE ARE $22 TRILLION IN THE HOLE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Christian Mendoza Tapia
Not Americas problem. It's mexicos problem.n
Manuel M
Don't care.
PARADOX GRACE
Mexico should be enough asylum for them..but they all REFUSE ..they want to come to the U.S.
Energy Nut
So we intervene in other countries where people suffer. Why do we not care about Mexicans? Let’s just send in our forces and straighten that place out.

See Proverbs 19:17
Robert Garcia
If they know Tijuana and Mexico is not safe, um, why stay there? You are not in the USA
soooo why stay there? Praying will not get you into the USA. What the USA is doing
is "ILLEGAL" ? What is illegal about not wanting to let you in to the USA IF you are not a USA citizen? End the problem, .... go home, apply at the U.S. embassy in your country. Simple.
Lisa van
How much resourcs can the land handle.in years to come with their large families.we are giving away our grandchildrens water and resources. We need to think of our children and homeless. We cant afford it. California already suffers water shortages in some areas. Social security will be overwhelmed.say
good buy to American bennefits. Many Americans cant afford health insurance.yet they are given health care housing food.we need to take care of our own. Whose to say we wont end up being the ccountry they left.
Robert Garcia
Just this, ......."VICE" ....... is not nice.
Robert Garcia
Migrants, kill the criminals in your own countries. There are more of you then of them.
Your gov. officials won't do it? Rise up, get rid of them. Fix your own country. What makes you all
think just because you want to come to the USA that it will happen? What you got?
Just the clothes on your back? USA has plenty of Americans needing help. Why you too?
azurcote003
They are looking for someone to take care of them. The US is the place to be. Lots and lots of welfare!!!
CarriUSA
There is a way to legal apply (while your in your own country) to ask for asylum. Jobs, poverty, welfare, medical welfare , a better life is never a reason for asylum. 98 % do not qualify. Each migrant cost us tax payers an average for all their cost, housing healthcare schooling etc $75,000 to $90000 per year. Most do not assimulate. So many countries do not allow cotezenship unless you can prove you can bring in a business, will promises to assimulate, learn to speak their language, not be a welfare recipient, etc. Australia only allows so many immigrants per year that it doesn't drain their system. We need to toughen our rules.
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WATCH: President Trump Says Trump's Plan To Deter Asylum 1 day ago   02:54

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President Trump renewed his calls for a wall along the southern border during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, while declaring that tolerance for illegal immigration is “not compassionate,” but “cruel.”

“Simply put, walls work and walls save lives,” Trump said Tuesday. “So let’s work together, compromise and reach a deal that will truly make America safe.”


Trump outlined his administration’s “common-sense proposal” to end the “crisis” on the southern border, which has been sent to Congress, and which he said includes “humanitarian assistance, more law enforcement, drug detection,” a way to close “loopholes that enable child smuggling,” and “plans for a new physical barrier or wall.”
“This is a smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier –not just a simple concrete wall,” he explained. “It will be deployed in the areas identified by border agents as having the greatest need, and as these agents will tell you, where walls go up, illegal crossings go way down.”

The president’s remarks come after a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, which saw an intense stalemate between the White House and congressional Democrats over border security. Trump requested $5.7 billion in funding for border security and construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats responded with a fraction of that funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which has jurisdiction over the border, and vowed to block any spending package that funds construction of the wall.

Last month, the president signed a stop-gap spending package that funds the government through Feb. 15. The package did not include funding for the wall. A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers convened in a conference committee this month to negotiate a border security plan that could garner the president’s support.

Trump, in an apparent effort to ease concerns among Democrats who bristle at talk of a border wall, has recently alternated between calling the wall a barrier, fence or “steel slats.” But last week, the president urged everyone to “stop playing political games,” and “just call them walls from now on.” His State of the Union address seemingly used both “wall” and “barrier.”

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