El Salvador and President Trump have now entered into an agreement that has been on the table for at least a year now. Last year, the Trump administration and the government of El Salvador came to a mutual decision. The United States would agree to return all asylum seekers who pass through El Salvador back to them.
This means that any asylum seeker that was found passing through El Salvador on their way to the United States border would have the chance to seek asylum there instead. As acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf made the trip to this country to finalize the terms of the agreement.
At this moment, no asylum seekers had been sent back to El Salvador yet. Guatemala and Honduras also came to similar agreements with America. Because there are a record number of families making their way to America from Central America, this agreement is designed to protect the United States court systems and border security personnel from the massive rush that they were experiencing.
As anyone would expect, there are always going to be critics who leap to criticize these deals. They claim that Trump does not have the requisite empathy for immigrants who are trying to find better circumstances. These are the same people who turn a blind eye when Obama and Biden’s records on this very same matter are brought to their attention.
This agreement is supposed to serve as a compromise. These immigrants are being given the chance to find a stable situation that is a bit closer to home. Wolf is referring to this deal as a “a critical step in the establishment of a truly regional approach to migration, and, more specifically, to the offer of protection to those migrants who are victims of persecution.”
Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has agreed as well. This humanitarian agreement is also known as an Asylum Cooperation Agreement. The Washington Post has more. “Under Bukele, El Salvador’s murder rate has dropped, but his government’s heavy hand and crackdown on dissent has raised concerns about creeping authoritarian rule.
“Implementation of the ACA will involve and facilitate cooperation between the two governments to expand El Salvador’s systems for offering humanitarian protections,” DHS said. Refugees International and Human Rights Watch are just a couple of the progressive groups that are of the belief that these agreements do not actually help those who seek asylum.
1,000 migrants were sent back to Guatemala between the months of November 2019 and March 2020. Out of all these people, only 2 percent of those who were returned to Guatemala actually took the step of applying for asylum. Everyone else decided to give up and head back home. So what would have happened if they had been allowed to head over to the United States?
There’s really no reason to assume that they would abide by the laws that this nation has set. We have more than enough evidence of that at this point. The Department of Homeland Security has their work cut out for them when it comes to handling these issues. “Implementation of the Asylum Cooperative Agreement between the United States and El Salvador is a critical step in the establishment of a truly regional approach to migration, and, more specifically, to the offer of protection to those migrants who are victims of persecution,” says Wolf.
What about Joe Biden, though? He is claiming to be willing to pledge $4 billion to tackle this problem and address the root causes. However, it is tough to figure out what the actual plan is going to be. The closer we get to the big transition, the more evident his lack of planning becomes. Biden is going to do the same types of things that Obama did.
He will quietly treat immigrants in the same manner as Trump but receive praise from leftists for it. Or, he will go the other way and decide to open all of the borders again like some sort of wild cowboy. All it takes are a few strokes of his pen to undo all of Trump’s hard work. We shudder to think of what comes next.