Mehlman: Push for 'safe third country' big deal for U.S.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesImmigrants who are genuinely fleeing persecution in their home country don’t need to travel thousands of miles across several countries to reach the United States, says the spokesman for an immigration watchdog.

“Look, anybody who leaves their country saying that they feel they're going to be persecuted by their government has an obligation to seek political asylum in the first safe country that they come to, not the second, third, or fifth,” observes Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

After pointing out for years that illegal aliens exploit America’s asylum process, Mehlman and FAIR are watching the Trump administration attempt to crack down on those abuses by demanding more cooperation from the Mexican government.


A key part of that demand is pushing for "safe third country" status for Mexico, which would make it harder for asylum seekers to claim refuge in the U.S.

Mehlman calls that a "crux" of any U.S.-Mexico agreement but it is unclear if that will happen. Mexican officials oppose the “safe third country” designation and media outlets such as The Associated Press are reporting "safe third country" was left out of a signed agreement between the countries. 

Honduran caravanPresident Trump and Mexico are also at odds over his claim of secret concessions, too, which is likely a reference to the “safe third country” demand, the AP also reported.

Trump has also lashed out at media outlets such as The New York Times for downplaying the agreement, insisting that his threat of tariffs made Mexico finally take action after months of talks. 

OneNewsNow has reported how illegal immigrants are coached to request political asylum when caught, which almost always guarantees them a trip before an immigration judge. But the illegals then disappear into the country as the court works its way through thousands of backlogged cases.

Most illegals easily pass an initial review but 80 percent of their cases are rejected in a courtroom, The New York Times reported in an April story.

"It's perfectly understandable that if you are seeking better economic conditions you'd want to come to the United States, not Mexico,” Mehlman tells OneNewsNow. “But that is not grounds for political asylum."


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