Right: Just cure the ills of the countries these people are fleeing — a goal that has eluded Washington and the region for roughly five decades.
Blinken’s mixed message: “These actions do not mean that the US border is open,” but “we are committed to expanding legal pathways for protection and opportunity here and in the region.”
This, after the new president already paused deportations and suspended the Trump “remain in Mexico” policy that required asylum applicants to wait outside the country while their cases were processed.
Bottom line, at least as it’s sure to be heard in the region: America is back to the Obama policy of effectively enabling the caravans. Will the Obama-era cages for penning in illegal crossers return, too?