Coaching the Caravan

Ryan Hite, Jordan Henry, John and Andy Schlafly

The massive caravan of immigrants marching toward the U.S. southern border in April was expected to stop near Mexico City for two days while they attended “workshops, led by volunteer lawyers” to learn about “their options for legal protections in the United States.”

During the Obama administration, lawyers would coach illegal migrants, who didn’t speak English, to keep repeating the English phrase “credible fear.” When people show up at our border claiming credible fear of persecution in their home country, they are treated as refugees with a right to stay here indefinitely until their claims are adjudicated.

“As ridiculous as it sounds,” Trump tweeted April 2, “the laws of our country do not easily allow us to send those crossing our Southern Border back where they came from. A whole big wasted procedure must take place.”

If those people truly have a credible fear in Honduras or Guatemala or El Salvador, why didn’t they apply for asylum right where they were, in Mexico? Under international law, according to a ruling of the European Court of Justice last year, migrants must seek refuge or claim asylum in the first safe country they reach -- in this case, Mexico.

Fortunately, the Trump administration has tightened the requirements for would-be refugees and expedited processing of their claims. But there’s still a huge backlog of refugee cases from the Obama administration. Trump needed to pressure Mexico to cut off the caravan before it got here.

The renegotiation of NAFTA gave him leverage, as he tweeted on April 3: “Mexico is making a fortune on NAFTA. With all of the money they make from the U.S., hopefully they will stop people from coming through their country and into ours, at least until Congress changes our immigration laws!”

The alleged rights of illegal aliens know no bounds. In March, an Obama-appointed federal judge entered a sweeping order that teenage girls who illegally cross our southern border without their parents have a constitutional right to an abortion in the United States, even if abortions are illegal in her home country. American teenagers in Texas cannot get an abortion without parental consent.

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