The Trump administration signals compliance with non-refoulement by instituting a process that imposes an unprecedentedly high burden of proof for those who fear persecution in Mexico.
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Newly inaugurated Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s proposed National Plan for Peace and Security would task a new National Guard with law-enforcement responsibilities. Doing so would ignore the mistakes of past presidents.
The 5,000-person migrant caravan that has made so much news reflects only 10 percent of the monthly total of people requesting asylum or apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Such an accord does not target the root drivers of migration so cannot eliminate the flow of refugees and asylum seekers.
Last Thursday and Friday, the United States and Mexico co-hosted top officials from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and other countries for the "Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America." As the name suggests, the gathering aimed to spur a wide-ranging conversation for improving the region’s economic conditions, tackling gangs and organized crime, and slowing U.S.-bound migration.