Going in the Wrong Direction

Of the more than 1,000 migrants from Central America who set out in “caravan” to traverse the length of Mexico to seek asylum in the United States, a couple of hundred arrived at Tijuana on the American border.  As of this writing, only ten remain on the Mexican side of the line, the rest having been admitted to file claim in the U.S.  Although by international law claimants for asylum are required to make application to the first country they enter, lawyers representing or supporting the Caravan argue that Mexico is too unsafe a country to provide it with effective asylum.  By this reasoning, the entire population of Mexico has a valid case to be resettled in the United States—a transferral that would make this country less safe by the addition of 130,759,074 people.

The Caravan is not an unprecedented event.  Similar marches northward from the region have occurred in recent years.  This one, however, grabbed attention, because American liberals and conservatives alike saw it as a defiant challenge from abroad to President Trump’s immigration policy and American immigration law that had been laxly enforced by his predecessors.  But in this age of instant global communication, events such as this one—part demonstration, part threatened invasion—easily become a global inspiration, and a trend.

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