Rubio Says U.S. Needs 'Third Country' Asylum Processing to Fixed Border Crisis

Rubio Says U.S. Needs 'Third Country' Asylum Processing to Fixed Border Crisis

"We should probably expand, say third country agreements, Remain in Mexico"

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
February 13, 2024

WASHINGTON—With the Senate border bill failing to pass on a floor vote 49-50, and House Republicans announcing that the bill—if it were to have passed in the upper chamber—would be “dead on arrival” in the House of Representatives, could the Biden administration be forced to reenact the Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ immigration policy to fix the border crisis?

Senator Marco Rubio (R), who voted against the border measure, told The Floridian that former President Donald Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy worked, and should be reinstated, and believes that expanding “third country agreements” should be considered.

“We should probably expand, say third country agreements, Remain in Mexico,” said Sen. Rubio.

Sen. Rubio expounded on his thoughts, adding that Central American countries like  El Salvador and Honduras “liked” Asylum cases to be processed in their respective countries because the action would prevent migrants from traveling through the countries on their way to the U.S.

All that was working, and those countries liked it. It’s counterintuitive to some people, but they like it. Honduras like it. El Salvador liked it. Guatemala liked it. You know why, migrants stopped going there because every third country realizes people aren’t coming here to stay here, they are coming here as a way to get to the US. And if coming here disqualifies them automatically from going to the US, they’re not going to come here,” said Rubio.

While President Joe Biden invited potential migrants to come to the U.S. as part of his 2020 presidential platform, the president and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, are refusing to take any responsibility for the massive surge in illegal immigration since taking office.

Mayorkas, who narrowly avoided being impeached by House Republicans, is blaming Republicans for the border crisis,” saying that the Biden administration didn’t “bear responsibility for a broken system.”

"No doubt there is gridlock in Congress. But do you bear responsibility for what is happening at the border with the president himself? It's called a crisis," Mayorkas said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” last Sunday.

For years, the Biden administration had refused to call the illegal immigration problem at the U.S. Southern border a “crisis,” and many—if not all— Congressional Democrats followed the administration’s lead and turned a blind eye to the border crisis.

Now, after the administration finally conceded that a “border crisis” did exist, some Democrats appear to be expressing their true thoughts about the problem at the border.

Florida Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D) places blame on both Republicans and Democrats.

"Both things can be true," Rep. Moskowitz added, "they have one party that maybe was ignoring an issue for a period of time, and now they have another party that is going to refuse to do anything so they can use it for electoral purposes."

Sens Rubio, Mike Lee (R-UT), and Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with just about 24 House Republicans, including Reps. Byron Donalds, Cory Mills, Brian Mast, Paul Gosar, and Pete Sessions, told The Floridian that Biden could end the problem by reinstating the Trump immigration policies that he removed with one executive order.

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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