January 27, 2019
These caravaneer rocket scientists are freaking out now that they’ll have to wait on Mexico’s side while their “asylum” claims are processed.
Eusebio Gomez thought his arduous journey to the U.S. and monthslong wait in the border town of Tijuana, Mexico, would end when he made it to American soil. But a shift in the Trump administration’s immigration policy could mean more waiting.
The Mexican government said Friday that the United States plans to return 20 migrants per day at the San Ysidro border crossing as they await an answer to their asylum requests. The practice could be one of the more significant changes to the immigration system in years.
Gomez, who was one of 25 names called for processing Friday at San Ysidro, said he would feel far less safe waiting in Tijuana, with its sky-high homicide rate. The 18-year-old Honduran said he wanted to come to the U.S. to escape violence.
Juan Portillo, 38, who arrived in Tijuana two months ago from Venezuela with his wife and 7-year-old daughter, said he was fleeing political oppression after protesting President Nicolas Maduro’s government.
“We do not feel safe” in Tijuana, Portillo said, shortly before Mexican authorities whisked him, his family and seven others away in a van to be turned over to U.S. authorities.
But what about the people of Tijuana, huh? Shouldn’t we let all of them in first since they’ve been in Tijuana for far longer and therefore experienced the fear of being in Tijuana forr far longer?
Advocacy groups condemned the idea. The Southern Poverty Law Center warned it would create more chaos at the border. Astrid Dominguez, director of the ACLU’s Border Rights Center, said in a statement that it endangers lives. A legal challenge is expected.
“Being in Mexico endangers lives.” Okay then, what do we do with such a cursed patch of land? Do we nuke it? We could just let every Mexican into America before nuking it, because Mexicans are definitely not what makes Mexico unsafe and nightmarish. No, that’s just something the land does.
The whole country is like that cemetery in “Pet Sematary.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, both Democrats, released a statement warning that the changes would harm asylum seekers.
“Asylum seekers are easy prey for criminals and gangs in Mexico, but the Trump plan forces people to remain in harm’s way, even if there is a significant possibility they will be persecuted or tortured in Mexico,” they said in a statement.
“Being anywhere outside the United States puts people in harm’s way.”
Akbar Heybari of Iran, who has been paying for a Tijuana hotel with his wife and children, ages 15 and 12, said he would much prefer to stay with a niece who is studying medicine at the University of California, Irvine.
“It’s good (in Tijuana), but we don’t want to stay here more,” said Heybari, a grape farmer who plans to seek asylum on grounds of government persecution for his political activities.
See, that’s what we have this “asylum” thing for, to absorb highly valuable grape farmers from Iran and their entire families. Also for Venezuelans that escape Venezuela after causing Venezuela to be Venezuela. Oh, and for 18-year-old Hondurans that are definitely needed in America because they’re young and hearty and we don’t have any young and hearty people.
These are the creatures that feel entitled to our stuff.
There’s never talk about how we benefit from this “asylum” circus because there’s literally no benefit for us. It’s such a giant problem for us that attempting to spin something as a benefit would make it even more obvious that this is just a terrible, horrible deal for us. That’s why there’s never ever even a hint of a mention of how we could benefit from all of this. Ignoring the subject proved to be more effective than making stuff up about how letting endangered dangerous shit-hole-producing apes is a good thing for us.
It’s about doing the right thing, you know? Letting them in is the right thing to do.
This is about feels (but not your own).
This is about families (but not your own).
This is about dreams (but not your own).
This is about the future (but not your own).
This is about people (but not your own).