July 12, 2008
Increase in Mexican Asylum Claims Based on Drug War
There has been much reported on drug crime in Mexico. AP has an interesting story about the increase in asylum claims filed by Mexican nationals seeking refuge from violence.
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"They don't have many options and these cases are life and death," the lawyer said. "Sometimes in immigration law, you get paid to lose slowly."
Why settle for that--let's all win and put the cartels out of business. I have a lot of sympathy for the reporters and honest law enforcement officers but asylum does nothing to fix what's causing the violence.
'leaving Mexico for at least a few months is worth it, he said.'
I bet they'd much prefer we give them a chance to restore order in their country and live there in peace. Tragically, the policy solution is still virtually impossible to achieve politically.
"There's been nothing like this in terms of cartel activities," said George W. Grayson, a Mexico expert with the College of William and Mary in Virginia. "In the 1970s there were guerillas in several very poor southern states. But there's not been any kind of violence like this."
So what do we propose? Fight fire with more fire instead of simply putting the fire out. Brilliant policy.
Posted by: Jack | Jul 14, 2008 3:02:06 AM