A border enforcement advocate says Central American migrants are gambling on a Trump defeat in November.
As reported by OneNewsNow earlier this week, Mexican authorities recently blocked a caravan trying to enter Mexico from Guatemala. The change in Mexican policy has come about because of President Donald Trump's threat of stiff tariffs on Mexican goods.
Todd Bensman, senior national security fellow with the Center for Immigration Studies, recently returned from traveling extensively along Mexico's southern border. He says many migrants he talked to as he traveled are pulling for Trump to lose his re-election effort this fall.
"These migrants now are being given a choice. They're being told [they] can either go home – or [they can] apply for Mexican asylum and wait for months [to get it]," Bensman explains.
The CIS fellow shares the response he would typically get when he asked the migrants if they planned to wait. "… The answer was 'Yeah, we're going to go ahead and wait because in less than a year we think Trump will be defeated and the Democrats will come in and undo everything that the president did and we can come in then.'"
Bensman writes of an experience outside a detention center in Tapachula, Mexico: "[We] asked five migrant women to raise their hands if they had chosen to stay in Mexico to await the hoped-for Trump defeat. All did so without reservation."
He summarizes the situation for OneNewsNow: "So the gamble is if Trump loses, everything gets reversed; if he wins, they realize they're stuck for another four years and then they'll probably just go home. They didn't go [into Mexico] for the Mexican dream – they came for the American dream."
The Trump-defeat gamble, he contends, "offers a powerful hope and motive" for some migrants to continue crossing over into Mexico from Guatemala.