Mexican President Pena Nieto just gave those illegal immigrants even more help by launching a new program to facilitate their invasion.
Most of the illegal aliens in this wave are from the nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Getting here requires crossing Mexican territory. On July 7th, Guatemalan President Otto Perez paid a visit to Mexico and met with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Pena Nieto used their meeting as the occasion to launch the Mexican government’s new Programa Frontera Sur, the “Southern Border Program”.
According to the Mexican government, the purpose of Programa Frontera Sur is to “protect and safeguard the human rights of the migrants who enter and pass through Mexico” and “to arrange the international crossing ports of entry to increase the development and the security of the region.” Basically, to continue what is happening already.
Pena Nieto let it be known that they’ve been working with Salvadoran and Honduran authorities, “to advance in the same direction and achieve that the migration from Central American shall be safer and more orderly.”
President Pena Nieto also announced that Guatemalans and Belizeans (people from Belize) can now avail themselves of a Mexican permit called the Tarjeta de VisitanteRegional. It’s free, and allows the bearer to spend up to 72 hours in Mexico. The Mexican president even handed some out at the public venue where the two presidents were speaking.
Technically, the visa only allows the bearer to be in four eastern Mexican states: Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Campeche and Tabasco (see map here). However, once they make it into Mexico they can easily make it into the United States.
The Guatemalan president was ecstatic, saying of the Mexican president: “Instead of putting walls and obstacles, President Pena Nieto has a vision of union…”
Translation: he will allow no serious impediment to getting Guatemalans through Mexico to the U.S. [Pone en marcha el Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto el Programa Frontera Sur, Mexican Presidential website, July 7, 2014].
I can find no sign that the U.S. protested,
Despite their crocodile tears, the governments of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras are eager to be rid of their own people. The reasons can be seen in the following table comparing the United States, Mexico, and these three Central American countries by three criteria:
1. GDP (Gross Domestic Product) at Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) Per Capita, as calculated by the IMF (international Monetary Fund), the World Bank and the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency).
|Country||GDP Per Capita(according to three sources; IMF, World Bank, CIA) in dollars||Human Development Index 2013(world score—0.694)||Migrant Remittances as Proportion of GDP( Source- World Bank)|
|0.937 (#3)“very high human development” group||0.0%|
|0.775 (#61)“high human development” group||2%|
|0.581 (#133)“medium human development” group||10%|
|0.680 (#107)“medium human development” group||16.5%|
|0.632 (#120)“medium human development” group||15.7%|
But it’s not just foreign governments enabling this invasion—it’s our own. Our government has given both El Salvador and Honduras Temporary Protected Status [TPS]. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website:
“The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States. “A country can get a TPS rating due to having a civil war, epidemic or natural disaster.
El Salvador was placed on the TPS list due to an earthquakes in 2001—thirteen years ago, Honduras has been on the list since a hurricane in 1998—sixteen years ago. On August 18, 2003, Juan Mann wrote Put the “Temporary” back in “Temporary Protected Status”—At Least! on VDARE.com. Ten years later, Michelle Malkin wrote Object Lesson: “Temporary” Amnesty Never Dies. [April 12, 2013] “Temporary” indeed.
The USCIS website adds that during this “temporary” period,
[I]ndividuals who are TPS beneficiaries or who are found preliminarily eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases ….are not removable from the United States” and “can obtain an employment authorization document.Also,
once granted TPS, an individual also cannot be detained by DHS on the basis of his or her immigration status in the United States.So any adult illegal alien from Honduras or El Salvador can file for individual TPS. And if he gets it, he’s covered.
The “temporary” status of both countries is set to expire in 2015, but of course it can easily be extended at that time.
Guatemala does not have TPS but has been requesting it since 2010. Care to bet how long that will take?
And there’s the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act [TVPRA], passed by unanimous consent in both chambers of Congress and signed by President Bush.
This specifies that children who cross the border unaccompanied, and who aren’t from Canada or Mexico, must be placed in custody of the Department of Health and Human Services. They can’t be deported before they have a court hearing, which can take years. Most are just sent on to relatives or family friends already living in the U.S.[What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer Alan Greenblatt, NPR, July 9, 2014]
In other words, we’re being invaded with the active collusion of our own government. Foreign governments certainly have no incentive to help. We could provide an incentive—like deporting Central Americans back to Mexico. But we don’t.
This isn’t a policy failure by the Obama Administration. Our own government is aligned with the governments of Mexico and Central America against the American people.
If the Republican leadership were truly serious about stopping this, they’d be playing hardball in the U.S. Congress. They’d be shutting down all other business, they’d be holding press conferences, they’d be using parliamentary tricks, they’d have started impeachment proceedings.
But they’re not, are they? That makes them just like those foreign government officials and the Obama Administration–collaborators in Obama’s project of “fundamentally transforming” the historic American nation.
American citizen Allan Wall (email him) moved back to the U.S.A. in 2008 after many years residing in Mexico. Allan's wife is Mexican, and their two sons are bilingual. In 2005, Allan served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his Mexidata.info articles are archived here ; his News With Views columns are archived here; and his website is here.