April 19, 2024
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar greets U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken upon his arrival at Felipe Angeles Worldwide Airport in Zumpango, Mexico December 27, 2023. REUTERS/Raquel Cunha

Mexico pressed U.S. officers to reopen border crossings throughout a go to by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Overseas Minister Alicia Barcena stated on Wednesday, as U.S. officers sought help to stem “irregular migration.”

President Joe Biden’s administration is looking for assist from President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s authorities to cut back migrant flows and deal with document numbers of individuals attempting to achieve the U.S. border, a key challenge forward of the U.S. presidential election in November.

The conferences come after greater than half one million migrants this 12 months crossed the harmful Darien Hole jungle into Central America – double final 12 months’s document – many fleeing crime, poverty and battle to hunt entry into the USA.

The U.S. Customs and Border Safety earlier this month quickly closed two key rail border crossings for 5 days and shuttered different crossings with a view to redeploy enforcement assets elsewhere in response to giant numbers of migrants.

Barcena stated “the significance of reopening border crossings is a precedence” for Mexico.

“We’re speaking in regards to the financial half, in addition to the structural causes of migration,” she informed reporters after the conferences.

Lopez Obrador, who final week assured the U.S. that Mexico would assist ease migratory pressures, earlier within the day stated the U.S. Congress needs to be investing in poor folks in Latin America and the Caribbean “as an alternative of placing up obstacles, barbed wire fences within the river, or occupied with constructing partitions.”

“It’s extra environment friendly and extra humane to put money into the event of the folks and that’s what now we have all the time proposed,” Lopez Obrador informed a press convention.

Lopez Obrador added he expects subsequent 12 months’s U.S. election will deliver the problem of migration to the forefront.

“Now we have to take care as a result of campaigners use this challenge as a rallying cry,” Lopez Obrador stated.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump, the main candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, has promised to crack down on unlawful immigration and prohibit authorized immigration if elected to a second four-year time period in workplace.

Trump targeted on constructing a wall on the Mexico border throughout his first time period and has pledged to shut gaps within the border wall if reelected. His administration constructed 450 miles of obstacles throughout the 1,954-mile border, however a lot of that changed current buildings.

Lopez Obrador met in Mexico Metropolis with Blinken, whereas the U.S. delegation additionally included Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

“The U.S.-Mexico partnership is essential to prosperity and safety in our international locations and all through the Americas. Good to debate these points, and our shared efforts to cut back irregular migration” with Lopez Obrador, Blinken stated on social media.

On Wednesday, 1000’s of migrants and asylum seekers marched slowly north from southern Mexico in a caravan hoping to achieve the U.S. border, many carrying young children.

“We don’t want to return to our nation if we don’t have something there,” stated Nohemia Zendejas, a mom on the street with 4 youngsters in tow. “I come from Venezuela and Venezuela is damaged.”