High-level members of the Biden administration, together with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, will meet with Mexican officers Friday about updating the safety cooperation between the 2 nations as the White House tracks roughly 20,000 Haitian migrants who’re holed up in Colombia ready to journey to the US border.
The Haitians are “forming a human bottleneck … even bigger than some of the recent migrant logjams on the US-Mexico border,” a senior administration official told the Washington Examiner.
The migrants have gathered in Necocli, a small city on Colombia’s coast, to start the perilous journey via Panama’s Darien Gap to the US after arriving from Brazil, Chile and different South American nations.
Although the Biden administration has warned them not to come to the US, thousands proceed to threat their lives to cross the Darien Gap, a roadless stretch of jungle patrolled by bandits and drug-traffickers.
Panama stated greater than 88,000 migrants have entered the nation after passing via the Darien Gap this yr.
In September, greater than 30,000 Haitian unlawful immigrants gathered at a squalid makeshift encampment near Del Rio, Texas, after crossing the border.
Blinken is heading up the US contingent to Mexico that additionally consists of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Attorney General Merrick Garland and different high-level administration officers touring to Mexico City.
They will meet with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard.
The new accord — identified as the US-Mexico Bicentennial Framework for Security, Public Health and Safe Communities — would fight drug trafficking, fentanyl smuggling, cash laundering and unlawful immigration.
“This dialogue comes at an opportune moment, and it’s opportune because the threats of the 21st century are complex, they are dynamic. They are also threats that we need to confront together. These are threats that are transnational. These are threats that, by definition, know no borders,” State Department spokesman Ned Price stated at Thursday’s briefing.
“And so that is why this dialogue, the highest-level dialogue to date in this administration of this sort, will build on previous discussions that we’ve had with our Mexican partners, in terms of how to protect our people, how to prevent transborder crime, how to best pursue criminal networks, while also promoting human rights and the rule of law,” he stated.
It builds on the Biden administration’s efforts to tackle the “root causes” of unlawful immigration, together with crime, violence, poverty and pure disasters.
López Obrador stated that will be a spotlight within the conferences.
“The immigration phenomenon, the immigration problem has to be addressed by creating opportunities for work, well-being in the places where the migrants originate so that before they leave those towns and abandon their families, risking it all, they have the option to work and be happy where they were born, where their people are, where their cultures are,” he stated.
Along with the talks with Mexican officers, the administration is in “very close communication” with Colombia and Panama about stemming the stream of unlawful immigrants, the Washington Examiner reported.
“We’re shifting to having a regional conversation,” the official instructed the newspaper, saying a “collaborative approach” is required.
“You want a functioning border, but you also want to create alternatives to individuals that are taking that dangerous journey,” the official stated.
Part of that will be to guarantee nations abide by their tasks to hold individuals whereas they wait their claims for asylum to be processed within the US.
“We’re not just making sure that governments have secured their borders but are also upholding their own asylum and refugee obligations,” the official stated.