The threats of US President Donald Trump to deploy 15,000 soldiers to the Mexican border to prevent thousands of migrant caravan, mostly Hondurans, from crossing to US soil, are part of his campaign for midterm elections on November 6.
These are statements by Honduran presidential candidates Efraín Díaz and Salvador Nasralla; as well as the deputy for Libertad y Refundación party and ex-prosecutor of the Public Ministry, Jari Dixon.
Trump has also threatened to change the regime of nationality at birth in US territory while an alleged private right-wing militias initiative has emerged to move towards the southern border to prevent the entry of Central American migrants.
"This confirms a hardening process of the Trump Administration regarding migration issue," said Díaz, former leader of the Christian Democracy of Honduras.
On the idea of modifying the precept of the right to nationality, he said that "position of hardening" by Trump on migration issue, “there are certain restrictions of a constitutional nature that prevent its materialization".
He added that we must remember that Trump is facing midterm parliamentary elections, on November 6, so the issue of immigration has become part of the political agenda to maintain the Republican majority, both in the House of Representatives as in the Senate.
"So, it is not surprising the hardening policy in terms of nationality, as the border militarization against migrants, and also the position that has been held concerning the exodus of Hondurans and other Central Americans to Mexico and eventually to the United States," he said.
Salvador Nasralla, candidate in the general election of November 28, 2017 by the Alliance of Opposition against Dictatorship, said that the US threats against caravan migrants will not prosper.
On the right to the US citizenship of the children of migrants born in that country, he pointed out that "these are universal laws, they are not specific to a State," and that he can propose that, but he must pass through the approval of Congress".
"In the Congress the international treaties of nationality come out and a person who is born in a territory cannot be removed from the nationality regardless they are immigrants or not," said Nasralla.
He added that the Trump immigration issue could be used "to win votes, not to lose seats in Congress," and regarding the deployment of thousands of soldiers to the border with Mexico, he said that "he also has to go through a Congress authorization".
"I do not think that Congress allows him to deploy 15,000 soldiers. He can send guards, but the Army is something else and I sincerely feel it as a way of trying to demonstrate the power they have as a nation, but it will not prosper," he added.
Deputy Jari Dixon pointed out that all threats against migrants are "part of an electoral political campaign" and that in the past "Donald Trump has made use of this type of announcement that sometimes fits well in some sectors and badly in others of American society".
Dixon believes that if the United States, "which has been an example for several societies in the world as law-abiding", in the event of enforcement of the measures announced by Trump against migrants, that decision "can only be taken by the Senate".
"That seems to me an unfeasible proposal, but it does cause a commotion in American society for or against it, and that is typical of the strategy that Mr. Donald Trump has today as president," said the Honduran deputy, who also considers threats against immigrants are "worrying".
Source - EFE