On Friday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced a deal to offer jobs to the thousands of asylum seekers gathered at the U.S. border.
Over 40,000 openings await the sidelined migrants in Mexican factories. As Lopez Obrador explained at a press conference:
“This agreement is going to be signed, there will be no legal problem. We are arranging this so that they can be hired without much processing.”
The wages aren’t much. Mexico doubled their minimum wage in border areas but it’s still lower than what Guatemala and Honduras guarantees. Considering that the factories are limited in what they can produce by a lack of labor, the factories may be able to pay more once they are fully up and running.
Without a special program, migrants don’t have permission to work in Mexico so have no choice but existing in shelters.
In towns like Tijuana, the number of migrants has overwhelmed all the local facilities. The president has plans to build more but that won’t help much in the short term.
“Funds are being authorized,” he assures, “so there will be resources in the shelters, so they do not lack food, medicine, medical attention.”
The move shows Mexico is trying to hold up their end of a bargain they made with President Trump.
They previously started sending troops to both their southern and northern borders to deal with the massive numbers of migrants.
Administrators are hoping to finally get a handle on the crisis by preventing the invaders from crossing through Mexico.