Because Mexican welfare sucks. Maybe Ted Cruz can entice them north by handing out some more soccer balls.
Despite being offered refuge in Mexico, Central American minors continue to travel north to the United States.
On Thursday, Human Rights Watch published a report which revealed that “less than one percent of the children who are apprehended by Mexican immigration authorities are recognized as refugees.” Between January and November 2015 Mexican immigration authorities detained 16,869 unaccompanied minors from the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador). Of those apprehended, only 52 received refugee status, which means only 0.3 percent received international protection in the first 11 months of 2015.
In light of this information several questions should be raised. What credibility do these minors have to claim asylum when they reach the United States, after they cross through a country which offers them refuge? If these minors are fleeing violence in their countries, why do they choose to return rather than accept refuge in Mexico? The touted argument, “they are fleeing for their lives, so we must take them in”, certainly sounds less convincing after they forgo refuge in Mexico and further endanger their lives as they continue to the U.S. border.