April 19, 2024
Border Patrol officers work to kind out migrants gathered between the first and secondary border fences between Mexico and the USA in San Diego. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated on Friday his authorities will reinforce measures to comprise migration as he seeks to assist the USA address document numbers of individuals attempting to achieve the U.S. border.

Lopez Obrador’s feedback come a day after he spoke with U.S. President Joe Biden, throughout which each agreed that extra enforcement was wanted at their shared frontier, as document numbers of migrants disrupt border commerce.

“What was agreed is that we preserve working collectively,” Lopez Obrador informed a daily press convention. “Now we have a proposal to strengthen our plans, what we’ve been doing,” he added, with out going into particulars.

Migrants are heading by way of Mexico to the U.S. to flee violence, financial misery and unfavourable impacts of local weather change, in accordance the U.N. The quantity crossing the perilous Darien Hole straddling Colombia and Central America has topped half one million this yr, double final yr’s document.

The most recent tensions over the border flared up after Mexican authorities briefly stopped expelling migrants attributable to an end-of-year funding crunch, in line with officers.

After Lopez Obrador spoke, the federal government of Mexico’s Coahuila state introduced in an announcement it had despatched a planeload of migrants from Piedras Negras, throughout the border from Eagle Cross, Texas, to Villahermosa, within the southern state of Tabasco to be returned to their international locations of origin.

The assertion didn’t specify the variety of migrants on the Boeing 737, or whether or not extra flights had been deliberate, but it surely stated the trouble was coordinated with Mexico’s nationwide migration company.

Prime U.S. officers, together with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Homeland Safety chief Alejandro Mayorkas, will go to Mexico on Wednesday to comply with up on the decision, Lopez Obrador stated, calling present migratory pressures “extraordinary”.

“Above all, the variety of Venezuelan migrants,” he stated, additionally mentioning Haitians, Cubans and Ecuadorians.

Lopez Obrador stated Mexico would step up containment efforts on its southern border with Guatemala as his authorities seeks agreements with different international locations to handle the northbound migrant flows.

Measures underneath dialogue didn’t simply contain containment, Lopez Obrador stated, including it was essential to proceed efforts to advertise financial growth within the area and handle the basis causes of migration.

The veteran leftist burdened he would proceed to name for talks between the U.S. and Cuba, which has been underneath an American financial embargo for many years, and that talks on easing U.S. sanctions on Venezuela had been “progressing.”

He stated containment wanted to be complemented by political strikes to decrease regional tensions with Venezuela and Cuba, in addition to Guatemala, which has been roiled by efforts to forestall the president-elect taking workplace in January.

“As a result of a technique or one other, all of this encourages migration,” he stated.