Democrats in Congress keep insisting how safe migrants are. They claim our need for low-wage labor justifies the price of wide open borders, when what liberals really want are guaranteed Democrat voters.
MS-13 is just a myth, progressives want you to believe. Just boys being boys. They’ll use that machete to trim your bushes for pesos, so let ’em on in.
South of our border, Mexican factory owners don’t have those delusions. They don’t care how many jobs El Presidente promised. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told all the asylum seekers huddled on our doorstep that 40,000 jobs are waiting.
Not so fast, the manufacturers object, as Reuters notes, “some employers are refusing to hire them unless the government screens for potential criminals.”
A large number of the claimants are from Central American countries that have been overrun by Mara Salvatrucha. We know them as MS-13. Mexican employers want to make sure that they aren’t opening their factory gates to gang members.
Safety isn’t the only concern. The employers could get in legal trouble with their government. Luis Hernandez explains, “companies run the risk of falling out of compliance with existing international agreements unless background checks are run on prospective employees.” Hernandez is president of a manufacturing industry group in Tijuana.
Companies that do business with the United States are under even more scrutiny. Those are certified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, under the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. The agreement “requires companies to only employ individuals whose backgrounds have been verified.”
“We don’t want to take the risk that the federal government comes to audit us, the state government audits us and because we hired someone, we’re not following the rules.”
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Liberal activists defend the migrants. One such “migration specialist,” Oscar Misael Hernandez,
thinks the fears are exaggerated. “It’s so illogical to think that people asking for asylum have criminal records, since they know they’ll face double scrutiny.”
Coparmex president Eduardo Ramos isn’t buying that lame excuse for a second. “Employers are worried … because there’s no register for undocumented migrants to see if they’ve got criminal records in their homelands, if they’re members of the Mara Salvatrucha or some other gang.”