Twenty Million Dollar Deportation

Maddy Taylor, Staff Reporter

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An image of the warning sign signifying the border of Mexico and the U.S.

Immigration has been a hot topic in the U.S. government these past two years. Recently, the government has come up with a new way of tackling immigration, using twenty million dollars to send Mexican immigrants back to Mexico.

The twenty million dollars would be transferred from the State Department to Department of Homeland Security. Katie Waldman, the spokesperson for Homeland Security said that the goal is to “relieve immigration flows at the U.S. border”.

The U.S. has seen an increase in families immigrating and believes that this new idea will help slow down the flow. After the money’s been transferred, they are anticipating up to seventeen thousand people will be deported. But how will this slow immigration for the United States? Homeland Security is working with the Mexican government and trying to get them to help police migrants on their side of the border by detaining and providing judicial review of the people getting deported to help decide who gets deported.

Olga Sanchez Cordero, the incoming interior minister for Mexico once the new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is elected, said that Lopez Obrador government will “Definitely not” be policing those being deported.

While Homeland Securities deals with the problem of the Mexican government not willing to agree to this plan, many immigration advocacy groups believe that this is a waste of money and doesn’t fully address all immigration problems in the U.S. 

Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, says that “We shouldn’t be paying another country to do our dirty work”.

Many other people currently in office feel as though the Mexican border patrol isn’t doing enough to insure people don’t cross illegally and that is why they are going to these extremes of funding these people’s one-way ticket to Mexico. U.S. authorities are saying that thirty-seven thousand people cross the border every year, and they are blaming the “broken immigration laws” in Mexico.

President Donald Trump took to twitter about this, stating that Mexican border authorities are doing “…very little, if not nothing”, to stop people from immigrating into America.

While this plan has not gone into action yet, the Trump administration is pushing for full steam ahead on this plan, although many people in both Mexico and America believe that it is not the most ethical way of handling the immigration problem in America.

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Maddy Taylor, Staff Reporter

Hey I'm Maddy and this is my first time writing for Inflight and second time being on a newspaper staff. I was editior-in-chief at my middle school and...

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Twenty Million Dollar Deportation