Trouble At The Border

Grind for July 19th, 2018
“An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.”

– Henry Ford


The Headline

Mexico to create a ‘border police force’

The Grind

Mexican President-elect Andrew Manuel Lopez Obrador announced plans to create a new ‘border police force’ that will seek to block illegal immigrants and contraband coming from Central America.

While fewer drugs, guns, and immigrants crossing into Mexico would certainly benefit the US, some worry the new police force will succumb to the same corruption problems that have long facilitated cartel violence in Mexico.

Obrador plans to address corruption in law enforcement by increasing officers’ salaries and benefits and doubling the number of personnel.

The Details

“We’re going to create a border police force that will be highly specialized,” says Alfonso Durazo, who will become Public Security Chief when Obrador takes office in December.

Mexico’s current security system focuses too much on enforcement while failing to address the humanitarian aspect of the problem, argues Durazo. “The legitimate use of force by the state is a resource, but it shouldn’t be the first resource, it should be the last one.”

The Administration also hopes to reduce illegal immigration into Mexico by addressing some of the problems that are driving people out of Central America.

Bad Habits

The Headline

25% of illegals caught at the border are families

The Grind

Ten years ago, the average illegal immigrant from Mexico was a single man looking for work. Today, your average illegal from Mexico is a family of refugees fleeing from Central America.

In 2013, more than 80% of illegals apprehended at the border were individuals. About 9% were unaccompanied minors (UMs) and less than 4% were crossing as part of a family.

In 2017, about 61% of those caught at the border were individuals, 14% were UMs, and 25% were traveling as part of a family.

The Implication

While the Obama Administration was likely to release illegals traveling with kids, the Trump Administration has vowed to prosecute all adults caught at the border – no matter who they might be traveling with.

This policy has resulted in the separation of more than 2,000 kids from their parents. And while the criminal proceedings for illegals who plead guilty are generally short, this is not true for those who decide to file an asylum claim after they are charged with the crime of illegal entry.

Trump in June signed an executive order banning family separation, but the damage has already been done.

“Under current policy and with the current resources, the only practical alternative [to family separation] is letting family units who show up at the border live in the country for the duration [of the criminal proceedings]. Not only does this make a mockery of our laws, it creates an incentive for people to keep bringing children with them.”

Not to mention the fact that more children at the border means more kids enduing a hazardous journey that puts them at risk of extortion, kidnapping, rape, and in some cases, death.

On a brighter note, the number of refugees showing up at legal crossings (rather than sneaking in illegally) is also on the rise. While this is the best case scenario for those seeking asylum, the Trump Administration hopes to pass legislation that would make it more difficult to qualify.

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