Pompeo: Trump-Mexico Deal Enables U.S. to Return Migrants to Mexico at “Full Throttle”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that President Trump’s deal with Mexico will enable the United States to return migrants to Mexico at “full throttle.”

During a press conference yesterday, Pompeo said those crossing over the U.S.-Mexico border will be “rapidly returned” to Mexico where they can wait for the outcomes of their asylum claims.

He said:

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Those crossing the U.S. southern border to seek asylum will be rapidly returned to Mexico where they may await their adjudication of their asylum claims. We’ve seen this before. We were able to do this to the tune of a couple of hundred people per day [before the deal].

We now have the capacity to do this full throttle and engage this in a way that will make a fundamental difference in the calculus for those [migrants] deciding to transit Mexico to try to get into the United States. This full-blown effort under the Migration Protocols [Remain in Mexico] is a big deal and was something that we worked on very, very diligently with our Mexican counterparts over two days. And we will pursue other cooperative efforts too.

This plan–as Breitbart points out–enables the Trump administration to bypass “catch and release” policies enacted by Congress and the courts. Instead of allowing the migrants to stay in the U.S. while awaiting the results of their asylum claims, they will be sent back to Mexico. Once the time comes for their asylum hearing, the migrants will be bussed to the hearings in the U.S.

In the last three months alone, “catch and release” policies allowed “roughly 350,000 Central American adults and children into U.S. workplaces, schools, and neighborhoods while they wait for court dates to plead their weak legal cases for humanitarian asylum.”

Breitbart writes that the influx of migrant workers “has reduced pressure on employers to improve wages and working conditions for blue-collar Americans. The homeland security agency issued roughly 400,000 work permits in 2017 and in 2018.”

On Friday, President Trump announced that the he had reached a deal with Mexico after threatening to impose tariffs on the country unless it did more to curb the massive influx of illegal immigrants into the U.S.

“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” the President wrote on Twitter. “The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States. Details of the agreement will be released shortly by the State Department. Thank you!”

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