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The congresswoman, who arrived in Tijuana, Mexico on Friday, told Politico earlier Friday that she wanted to see the conditions asylum seekers face when attempting to apply for U.S. residence at the border for herself. “When I read the report about a week ago that kids and moms were being tear gassed, I just couldn’t sleep,” Jayapal told Politico on Saturday. “I want to go see for myself what is happening, what happens to asylum seekers as they get to the border, how are they turned back, what’s happening to them in between, where the conditions in which they’re living.”
The congresswoman's office told The Hill Saturday afternoon that Jayapal was hoping to meet with asylum seekers. "She hopes to meet with asylum seekers to hear their stories and observe conditions on the ground. She hopes to bring this back to the American people and her colleagues and highlight the ongoing crisis and the US government’s contribution to what’s happening," Jayapal spokesman told The Hill in an email.
"I will continue to do everything I can to return our country to one that upholds decency, compassion and human rights," the Washington state Democrat added.
Central American migrants aren’t seeking asylum, they’re activists challenging US sovereignty © Getty Images Let’s clear up some misconceptions about the 1,500 or so Central Americans who have now arrived at our southern border. They are not asylum seekers — they are publicity seekers. People who are truly escaping political persecution at the hands of their government — the legal standard for being recognized as a refugee or asylee — request protection in the first neutral country they enter. They do not traverse a rather large country like Mexico, trailed by television cameras, to reach the U.S. border.
And if they did not trust the Mexican government to treat their asylum claims fairly, they would have sought protection from international entities, like the U.N. high commissioner for refugees.
They are not spontaneously fleeing their homelands in Central America because circumstances in those countries have taken a sudden turn for the worse. Those nations have been dysfunctional, corrupt, impoverished, and crime-ridden for as long as anyone can remember. The “caravaners” are part of an orchestrated effort on the part of a group calling itself Pueblos Sin Fronteras, “People without Borders,” to challenge the sovereignty of the United States. As the group’s name suggests, Pueblos Sin Fronteras believes that anybody has the right to enter any nation (most especially the United States) whenever they want to and that we have a legal and moral obligation to let them in so long as they don’t show up in tanks. The clear objectives of Pueblos Sin Fronteras are to exploit the humanitarian policies of the United States and to take advantage of our asylum system that was carefully crafted to protect the oppressed, not reward opportunists.
The United States is under no legal or moral obligation to allow politically motivated organizations to use our humanitarianism and our legal system as a weapon in their assault on our national sovereignty. The real intent of the organizers is to get caravan members into the United States because they know that, once in the country, it will be extremely difficult for the government to ever remove them. To achieve this end, Pueblos Sin Fronteras along with “legal aid” groups are openly coaching the migrants about what they need to say to immigration officials in order to make a facially valid asylum claim.
originally posted by: ignorant_ape
hmm - IF the US ceased all foregin aid to the countries cited who thinks :
A ecconomic migration will increase ?
B ecconomic migration will decrease ?
C ecconomic migration will remain the same ?
please give reasons for answers
originally posted by: ColeYounger
a reply to: matafuchs
I agree 100% that the dems don't really care about the immigrants. They don't even look at them as people. They just see them as votes.
originally posted by: CosmicAwakening
Is Trump authorizing this money? How is it getting there?
And we get what in return?
The knowledge that we're generating good will?
originally posted by: matafuchs
a reply to: UncleTomahawk
I didn't confuse anything. I know the difference but obviously you do not.
So, explain, why anyone from any of those three countries could seek asylum. A specific instance not a talking point.