U.S. to Sign Asylum Deal With El Salvador

Migrants wait in line to get their names on a waiting list to apply for asylum in the United States, at the border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The Trump administration will sign a “cooperative asylum agreement” with El Salvador that would make the Central American country a haven for asylum seekers. The U.S. has similar agreements with Mexico and Guatemala.


The goal of the agreement is to force asylum seekers to find refuge outside of the United States.

Associated Press:

Two other officials described the agreement as a first step in the governments’ working together on asylum. Details of the broad agreement will be hammered out in the weeks and months ahead, they said. The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The agreement could lead to migrants from third countries obtaining refuge in El Salvador even though many Salvadorans are fleeing their nation and seeking asylum in the United States. A Salvadoran delegation has been in the U.S. this week discussing the matter.

Leftists will explode when they hear this. “How could you be so heartless as to send refugees to the most violent country in Central America”?
The truth is, there are plenty of safe places for asylum seekers to stay until they can be resettled. The whole country isn’t overrun with street gangs.
“Today’s announcement of a ‘cooperative asylum agreement’ between the United States and El Salvador is yet another example of the U.S. government’s callous disregard for the safety and lives of people fleeing violence in Central America,” said Alison Parker, managing director for the U.S. program of Human Rights Watch. “El Salvador does not have the capacity to keep its own nationals safe, much less migrants from any other country.” Parker added that only 18 people are seeking asylum inside El Salvador.
Well, let’s think about this for a minute. Parker says 18 people “are seeking asylum inside El Salvador.” Currently, the asylum seekers have a choice; the greatest most generous country in the world or, well, El Salvador.
Which would you choose?
So far this year, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has made more than 800,000 apprehensions at the southwest border. Many of those illegal aliens will switch gears and declare themselves refugees looking for asylum. So rather than automatically being deported, the illegal aliens will be given a court date to appears before an asylum judge.
Needless to say, the hundreds of thousands of people who show up at our border have overwhelmed the facilities. Agreements like the one with El Salvador may not be ideal, but this is a regional problem demanding regional solutions.
The left should stop playing politics and start caring about the people they claim to be trying to protect. Become part of the solution, not part of the problem.

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