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Mexico warns migration will not slow without more U.S. investment in Central America


MEXICO CITY, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The United States wants to take a position more closely in Central America if it hopes to slow document ranges of northbound migration, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard mentioned on Wednesday.

Record numbers of migrants have handed via Mexico this yr towards the United States, pushed by financial downturns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and drawn by the hope of more welcoming immigration insurance policies below U.S. President Joe Biden.

Biden has vowed to deal with the underlying causes of migration in Central America by working to scale back poverty, violence and corruption.

“There needs to be a bigger investment from the United States in Central America than has been given, without a doubt,” Ebrard informed a Mexican radio program when requested concerning the prospect of Mexico appearing as a barrier for migrants.

“Without this investment, if the United States does not support Central America, it’s very hard to think that the migration flows that are happening will diminish,” Ebrard added.

Biden famous in a latest letter to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that the United States supplied more than $600 million in overseas help over the previous yr to the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

The letter added that Biden has requested one other $861 million from U.S. Congress for the 2022 fiscal yr to additionally allocate to Central America.

Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Karishma Singh

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