Mexico suggests work visas for Central Americans, wants U.S. to do same

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...-americans-wants-u-s-to-do-same-idUSKBN1O41SY
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador proposed on Wednesday offering more work visas for Central Americans and said the United States should do the same, part of a negotiation aimed at stemming the northward flow of migrants.

Lopez Obrador, who took office on Saturday, said he would discuss immigration with U.S. President Donald Trump in coming days, including increasing investment in southern Mexico and Central America.

“We are proposing investment in productive projects and in job creation, and not only that, also work visas for Mexico and for the United States,” he told a news conference, saying he would give more details “soon.”

Mexico and the United States have been in talks about how to manage the large groups moving through Mexico in caravans, with Lopez Obrador pushing for investment to address the poverty and crime that drive thousands of people every year from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Lopez Obrador, soon after being elected in July, sent a letter to Trump suggesting they work together to address the root causes of immigration.

“It is very important to us that we reach an investment agreement between companies and governments, to create jobs in Central America and our country,” he said.

Lopez Obrador plans major infrastructure projects in the impoverished south of Mexico including his home state of Tabasco. He says those plans, including a refinery and two railways will provide jobs to Mexicans and Central Americans.

He did not reply when asked if his government was considering a U.S. proposal to return Central American asylum seekers to Mexican territory while U.S. courts processed their cases, saying only that their rights would be respected.

The arrival of several thousand Central Americans in Mexico’s border city of Tijuana about a month ago prompted Trump to mobilize the U.S. Army to beef up border security, while restricting the number of asylum applications accepted per day.

While overall illegal immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border is much lower than it was 20 years ago, there are more Central Americans, families and asylum seekers than in the past.

Some migrants clambered over a tall fence to cross into the United States from Tijuana on Tuesday, hoping to speed their asylum applications by turning themselves over to U.S. Border Patrol officials.
 
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How does that solve the problem though?

I gotta imagine that most of these people aren't/wont qualify for these work visa's. Sounds like 2 things, 1 a way to legalize illegal immigration and 2 a way to create a huge bureaucracy.

If work Visa's was a solution wouldn't they just be giving them out now? If someone doesn't qualify they just turn back to the country they fled from?
 
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So a country with widespread poverty such that many already go to their northern neighbor to find low-skill, low-paying, strenuous work is going to take away jobs from their poorest and give them to outsiders?

Real man of the people, Obrador.
 
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Work Visas sound like a great idea at first until you realize they can never give out enough to satisfy the demand. And no doubt a big chunk of those visas will end up being illegal overstays. It will just be another ticket to enter the country and then stay for good.
 
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So a country with widespread poverty such that many already go to their northern neighbor to find low-skill, low-paying, strenuous work is going to take away jobs from their poorest and give them to outsiders?

Real man of the people, Obrador.
Work Visas sound like a great idea at first until you realize they can never give out enough to satisfy the demand. And no doubt a big chunk of those visas will end up being illegal overstays. It will just be another ticket to enter the country and then stay for good.
Reading these back to back makes it plain to see the political motives in all of this.
 
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Got to agree with Mexico on this one, altho maybe not for the same reasons they do. All those people on the border? Set them up in camps on the Texas oilfields. We need workers.

Latin Americans generally have fantastic work ethic too.
 
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Work Visas sound like a great idea at first until you realize they can never give out enough to satisfy the demand. And no doubt a big chunk of those visas will end up being illegal overstays. It will just be another ticket to enter the country and then stay for good.
Depending on the specifics, it would at least have an impact on the demand within certain sectors of the economy. We would need to see the exact details and the applicable enforcement mechanisms. But the current status quo, including Trump's measures or even his magic bullet (the wall), will have even less effect on the demand. At least Obrador has an interesting idea, even if it obviously needs to be further discussed.

In other words, I think this is a good starting point to take some action regarding the underlying issue (the demand), rather than doing nothing or exclusively focusing on the border.
 
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