The Trump administration is not considering Mexico need to pay for a vast border wall, but the latest development is to pay the country in stopping illegal immigration to the United States through its border.
Washington intends to make a payout of $20 million in foreign assistance funds to help the neighboring country pay for bus and plane fare to deport immigrant living illegally there, around 17,000 of such people.
Most of the Central Americans take an illegal entry into the U.S. through Mexico and the new move of Trump is seeking assurance of deporting unauthorized immigrant.
Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Katie Waldman said the latest program of Trump administration will help relieve immigration flow in the country through Mexico border.
Katie added, “We are working closely with our Mexican counterparts to confront rising border apprehension numbers… to ensure that those with legitimate claims have access to appropriate protections.”
The plan was earlier debated for long and it is a part of broader push by the government in redirecting foreign assistance to other priorities. The money will be routed from State Department to Department of Homeland Security, and thereafter to Mexico.
However, the Congress has a different view to the fund. Top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot L. Engel, said the money is not for deportation crusade but for lifting up communities dealing with challenges like corruption and crime.
The Trump administration is looking ahead to follow its “zero tolerance” policy and it is one of the most prominent pieces of the effort to reduce number of immigrants taking illegal entry to the country.
While the new strategy is being pushed, there are other plans too like seeking an agreement with Mexico to disqualify migrant who had not sought asylum there before claiming to take an entry to the U.S. and revamping of rules about who can qualify for asylum.
Meanwhile, the immigrant advocacy groups are considering then new move as misguided and wasteful use of money, and it would not be able to address the problems.
Executive director of the National Immigration Forum, Ali Noorani, said why should U.S. pay to another to do the dirty work.