Does New Agreement End Catch-and-Release?

There is hope this morning that a new agreement, announced yesterday, between the United States and Mexico may have effectively ended the disastrous policy of “catch-and-release,” whereby asylum-seeing family units must be released into the U.S. after a short period of processing. The agreement essentially expands the “Remain-in-Mexico” policy and includes commitments by the Mexican government to “offer jobs, healthcare, and education” to would-be asylees while they await–in Mexico–the adjudication of their claims. In exchange, the U.S. will work with Mexico “to spur regional economic development” in Mexico along the border. Also, importantly for Mexico especially, President Trump agreed to indefinitely suspend his threatened 5% tariff on Mexican imports.

Mexico also agreed to increase enforcement of its own laws governing migrants by deploying its militarized National Guard throughout the country, with an emphasis on its own southern border.

A proposal floated by the Trump administration recently to regard Mexico as a “safe third country” in regard to asylum requests, which by international law would have rendered moot asylum requests from Mexico, was not included as part of the deal.

Leticia Calderón Cheluis, a pro-migration activist in Mexico City, said the agreement represented a series of compromises solely by Mexico, which agreed to “a double clamp at both borders.”

Mexican officials, however, breathed a collective sigh of relief over having, for now, avoided what for them would have been a calamitous tariff.

Interestingly, the joint resolution released by the U.S. State Department also includes the following language:

“Both parties also agree that, in the event the measures adopted do not have the expected results, they will take further actions. Therefore, the United States and Mexico will continue their discussions on the terms of additional understandings to address irregular migrant flows and asylum issues, to be completed and announced within 90 days, if necessary.”

Stay tuned.

For more, see Breitbart News.

 

 

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