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President Nieto Offers Mexican Work Permits to Migrants in Caravan

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (Image via Flickr, Chatham House)

Nieto’s plan provides temporary ID cards and work permits, housing in local hotels, and medical care for all migrants. It also offers schooling for all children.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has offered work permits and benefits to all members of the migrant caravan who apply for refugee status and stop traveling towards the US-Mexico border.

Currently, an estimated 7,000 migrants are traveling in groups near the town of Arriaga, Chiapas. This caravan includes people fleeing from violence in Central American nations of Honduras and El Salvador, as well as economic migrants who hope to find work in the United States.

After a brief clash with Mexican police, the migrant caravan crossed from Guatemala into the state of Chiapas last weekend. The majority waved their opportunity to apply for asylum at the border and continued traveling into Mexico without documentation.

“Estas en Tu Casa” – “This is Your Home”

President Nieto announced this relief scheme – titled “Estas en Tu Casa”, meaning “This is Your Home” – after US President Donald Trump tweeted his refusal of entry for migrants without papers, and threatened to deploy military to the border.

 

Nieto’s plan provides temporary ID cards and work permits, housing in local hotels, and medical care for all migrants. It also offers schooling for all children.

However, migrants must disengage from the caravan, and stay in the southern states of Mexico and Oaxaca.

“This plan is only for those who comply with Mexican laws, and it’s a first step towards a permanent solution for those who are granted refugee status in Mexico,” Nieto said.

Media reports suggest that many migrants will not accept this offer, and will continue traveling the remaining 1,000 miles to reach the US.

“It’s a kind offer, but it’s not the plan that we have, to stay here halfway up,” Anna Lisset Velazquez, a Honduran migrant in the caravan, told BBC.

Victims of domestic abuse and gang violence are now excluded from asylum in the US, a change announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in June. Those fleeing poverty and economic struggles are also ineligible for refugee status.

International law does dictate that the migrants can make a case for asylum at the border.

President Nieto has not elaborated what action will be taken with the migrants who refuse his offer and travel beyond the state of Oaxaca. Authorities could choose to detain and deport all those who entered Mexico without applying for a visa or refugee status.

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101 Comments

  1. Ampy Morales Klonek October 27, 2018

    Good

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  2. Fred Latimer October 27, 2018

    President Nieto offered these people what any humanitarian would offer. Trump offers them armed troops.

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    1. Vicky Bachert October 27, 2018

      Fred Latimer The idea of open borders is moronic.

    2. Fred Latimer October 27, 2018

      Vicky Bachert Who the fuck said open orders?

    3. Donna Wilson October 27, 2018

      Fred Latimer look at the hord it’s not woman and children.

    4. Fred Latimer October 27, 2018

      Donna Wilson The majority are. These people have brown skin, so you disgusting Trump loving racists Don,t want them around.

    5. Kath Phelps October 27, 2018

      Donna Wilson YOU and people like you are a HOARD. You know Donna you’d probably fit in quite nicely in another country where totalitarianism is embraced whole-heartedly…and authoritarism too. Perhaps Saudi Arabia….YOU’D LOVE IT THERE.

    6. Irma Seabury October 28, 2018

      That’s right and a wall as well – America first!

    7. Irma Seabury October 28, 2018

      Donna Wilson He knows that already – he’s part of the shadow army fighting from within – make sure you vote red

    8. Fred Latimer October 28, 2018

      Irma Seabury Anybody who votes red hates the United States, and wants to continue watching Trump and his corrupt Republicans destroy democracy and the Constitution. His followers are as disgusting as Trump, for only low life individuals would continue to support someone as disgusting as he is.

    9. Brian Elder October 28, 2018

      They aren’t armed, you typical demorat liar, they were being sent there for humanitarian reasons and to support the border patrol. That’s the truth, you disgusting LIAR!

    10. Fred Latimer October 28, 2018

      Brian Elder Thank you. Only the vilest of persons would support a liar, sex pervert, con artist, Nazi sympathizer,
      And thief. Common decency would turn all others away.

    11. Fred Latimer October 28, 2018

      Irma Seabury Do a little reading on the America First movement of the 1930’s abs see how well that turned out. You might also read about the Nazi Bundt of the 1930’s

    12. Fred Latimer October 28, 2018

      Irma Seabury a vote for Red is a vote against your country.

  3. Marilyn Jackson October 27, 2018

    True leadership!

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  4. Carol Dillihay October 27, 2018

    Let them stay in mexico.

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    1. Kath Phelps October 27, 2018

      Your last name is in question….do you have any papers to prove you’re an actual American? Isn’t ‘Dillihay’ of Irish origin? What are you doing here?

    2. Brian Elder October 28, 2018

      Kath, how many of these invaders are you going to house if they get in? Come on kath, show us all your unending compassion.

  5. Shirley Hawkins October 27, 2018

    Very true and caring leader
    .God bless you, sir

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  6. Bertha Gallego October 27, 2018

    Now that’s a good president! Not like ours here in the USA!

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  7. Mary Urech Stallings October 27, 2018

    Thank you.

    Reply
  8. Ralph Delgado October 27, 2018

    Thanks now this so called president can pick on the k,k,k.

    Reply
    1. Rosa Lara October 27, 2018

      Ralph Delgado I doubted. He still supports the Saudis. The dismemberment and death of the journalist did nothing to his hateful heart.

  9. Melissa Brewer Bollschweiler October 27, 2018

    ?❤?❤?❤

    Reply
  10. Frank Renew October 27, 2018

    Yes, leadership over fear.

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  11. Ruth Whitmore October 27, 2018

    A DECENT, HONORABLE, HUMANE PRESIDENT. Too Bad trump isn’t anything like this MAN.

    Reply
    1. Frances Fox Turner October 27, 2018

      HE’S MORE THEN THAT. TRUMP’S THE BEST.VITE RED

    2. JoAnn Connor October 27, 2018

      Frances Fox Turner You’re joking….right? Worst Prez ever!

    3. James Perry October 27, 2018

      Best President ever, vote Republican,,, Let’s save America,,, let our children and grandchildren enjoy their freedom!!!!

    4. Adrian Sosa October 27, 2018

      James Perry stay off the meth you are embarrassing yourself idiot. I

    5. Donna Moniz Lippincott October 28, 2018

      JoAnn Connor Frances is one of the stupid and undereducated twump loves. Note her spelling. Lol.

  12. Mae Smith October 27, 2018

    NOTHING IS MORE DIFFICULT, AND THEREFORE MORE PRECIOUS, THAN TO BE ABLE TO DECIDE. THE WEAK ARE ALWAYS FORCED TO DECIDE BETWEEN ALTERNATIVES THEY HAVE NOT CHOSEN THEMSELVES. A TRUE LEADER IS A DEALER IN HOPE.

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  13. Rosa Lara October 27, 2018

    GRACIAS! KEEP THE FAMILIES TOGETHER.

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  14. Larry L. Cunningham October 27, 2018

    Doing the humanitarian thing! Not available in Trumpland!

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    1. Irma Seabury October 28, 2018

      Are you a Member of Obama’s shadow army?

    2. Brian Elder October 28, 2018

      Come on larry, that humanitarian thing of yours? How bout you prove it for us all, how many of these invaders are going to your home for you to house, feed, clothe, and school? Come on compassionate one!

    3. Larry L. Cunningham October 28, 2018

      Invaders?

  15. Chari Hayes October 27, 2018

    That’s the way you treat people who are fleeing terrorism. You don’t terrorize them more.
    The way they were treated in the u s will never be forgotten.

    Reply
  16. Winifred Gilmore October 27, 2018

    Well with all these exclusions who IS eligible ????

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  17. Pat Jackson October 27, 2018

    Now this is a PRESIDENT!!

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  18. Nathan Grant October 27, 2018

    Humanity

    Reply
  19. Denise Long Cohen Wilmarth October 27, 2018

    Great to hear. These migrants are people to and WANT to work to find some sense of ” normal” for their family. This, hopefully will help those desperate to live!

    Reply
  20. Martin D Regis October 27, 2018

    Have to see it before I will believe it, nothing on the news yet

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    1. Kath Phelps October 27, 2018

      Watch a good deal of faux infotainment propaganda do you? Aha. I see.

    2. Martin D Regis October 27, 2018

      ?

  21. Arlene Callahan October 27, 2018

    Very amazed! I miss true leadership like this!!!

    Reply
  22. JoAnn Connor October 27, 2018

    Too bad we have to put up with the least empathic Prez ever!

    Reply
  23. Lynette Norton October 27, 2018

    Good man ,and Good looking !!!

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  24. Alfonso Pedroza Jimenez October 27, 2018

    This is just to cover up all his dirtiness this is the most corrupt president ever and his going out. The coming president talk about amnesty for this people and he wants to get credit for. But I’m sure h

    Reply
  25. Alfonso Pedroza Jimenez October 27, 2018

    He will get prosecuted for all his crimes

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    1. Kristiana Boswell Castillo October 28, 2018

      Alfonso Pedroza Jimenez please tell us of these crimes.

    2. Alfonso Pedroza Jimenez October 28, 2018

      Kristiana Boswell CastilloKristiana there are so many that I can number them ..but the most and I can’t tell you the worse because there are so many but the 43 students from ayotzinapa and this is our own people killed by his government. And I know this immigrants are being suffering police brutality and denigration

  26. Marveta Davis October 27, 2018

    A kind human!! ?

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  27. Maria Meli October 27, 2018

    Humane for humanity

    Reply
  28. Cristina Fabregas October 27, 2018

    Viva Mexico!

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  29. Franklin Leal Sr. October 27, 2018

    As always poppets Politicians “fixing” problems with a band aid instead of fixing the problem the right way to continue the roller-coaster ride of the pyramid base.

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  30. Anjé Files October 27, 2018

    May the Lord bless President Nieto and enlarge his territory.

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  31. Mary Anne Young October 27, 2018

    May God bless you!

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  32. David Green October 27, 2018

    Thtz good to hear.

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  33. Irma Seabury October 28, 2018

    Plenty of work in Mexico – most Mexicans left for U.S. were they can live for free and not work.

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  34. Peca Blanco October 28, 2018

    Good to hear!

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  35. Kristiana Boswell Castillo October 28, 2018

    This is how we should greet our asylum seekers.

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  36. Dorothy McKown October 28, 2018

    I agree!! This is a good man and a GOOD president!! Why can’t we have him!!!

    Reply
  37. Shayna Alterman October 28, 2018

    Unfortunately Mexico is just as violent and lawless as the places they are fleeing.

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  38. James Mattson October 29, 2018

    Compassion? Something that is missing in America these days.

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  39. Patricia Walton November 29, 2018

    Thank you?

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  40. Olga I. Rodriguez November 29, 2018

    Wow, the “malo hombres, the rapists, the drug dealers, the gangsters” are behaving like the generous, decent people they have always been…does your guts tell you something about that, 45?

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    1. Kathy Holley November 29, 2018

      Olga I. Rodriguez they aren’t all drug dealers and rapists and trump cannot stand the truth!

    2. Debbie Bartlette November 29, 2018
  41. Kathy Holley November 29, 2018

    Seems there are good people around!

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  42. Susan Dow November 29, 2018

    Thank you. If only the ass occupying the WH would do the same, maybe farmers crops could be picked before it rots!

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  43. Michael Eastwood November 29, 2018

    Much more honorable solution than asshole 45.

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  44. Shirley Andrews November 29, 2018

    Wow he’s really handsome must be a good guy cares about people unlike what we have !

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    1. Cheryl Claytor November 29, 2018

      Shirley Andrews yes he is very handsome and caring

  45. Cheryl Yeager November 29, 2018

    A true leader

    Reply
  46. Debbie Robertson November 29, 2018

    May God bless you!

    Reply
  47. Edna Garrett November 29, 2018

    Thank you SIR FOR SHOWING THEM COMPASSION,, GOD BLESS YOU

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  48. Dorothy McKown November 29, 2018

    Thank you for being a good decent man…yes he is handsome! WISH he was our President instead of UGH! RUMP

    Reply
  49. Doris Schultz November 29, 2018

    Sounds like he has a brain

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  50. Linda Allen November 29, 2018

    This is what leadership looks like!

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  51. Bill Sanders November 29, 2018

    That is a very good thing.

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  52. Judy Metcalf November 29, 2018

    He had offered it when they were still in Mexico. However, the people didn’t believe they would be treated so badly by the US.

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  53. Barbara Dean November 29, 2018

    Thanks for sharing this post with us amen and amen

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  54. Linda Radny November 29, 2018

    Other leaders know how to handle things without using test gas!!!

    Reply
  55. Frank Wessely November 29, 2018

    and what are the unemployed Mexicans supposed to do? They are really pissed off and it is not shown on the fake news.

    Reply
    1. Debra Perlewitz November 29, 2018

      Frank Wessely such a fine christian you are.

  56. Jeanne Perry November 29, 2018

    Thank you !!!!!!!!

    Reply
  57. Joseph Garcia November 29, 2018

    It only makes sense . Keep them around the area polluting TJ and hopefully Trump will relax the Immigration border security . Lot’s could be said why Puneta is doing this for .

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  58. LaVina Koss Kirkwood November 29, 2018

    Mexico is looking really good, hope they continue to grow

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  59. Cheryl Claytor November 29, 2018

    Thank you

    Reply
  60. Inda Dee Kooring November 29, 2018

    Good grief. Is he a statesman?

    Reply
  61. Sheri Baart November 29, 2018

    Great way to handle this situation!

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  62. Sheila Klabonski November 29, 2018

    ¡Viva Mexico! Gracias, Presidente Nieto

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  63. Lynda L B Duke November 29, 2018

    I like that.

    Reply
  64. Angelica Perez November 29, 2018

    Good thing he said this today! LOL his last day as president is tomorrow…??
    Another…Fake dude!

    Reply
  65. Jason Howlett November 29, 2018

    Awesome idea, work permits gee maybe the US Agricultural Industry could use some workers with work permits. Hummmm

    Reply
  66. Billie Jean Haneline November 29, 2018

    Poppy fields need pickers what a shame

    Reply
  67. James Newton November 30, 2018

    At least he’s trying To
    Help.

    Reply
  68. Shirley Reynolds November 30, 2018

    Thank you for taking care of these people. I am ashamed of Donald Trump.

    Reply
  69. William Milam November 30, 2018

    A real President , unlike what we currently have to endure

    Reply

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