US and Mexico discuss new immigration policies

Representatives of both countries agreed on new border policies to contain illegal immigrants and provide security for migrants

Authorities from Mexico and the United States reached an agreement on new immigration policies in view of the cessation of restrictions due to Covid-19 this coming week.

The flow of migrants at the border, as well as the illegal crossing and its consequences, were topics analyzed this Tuesday by the US National Security adviser, Liz Sherwood-Randall, together with the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, together with other high-ranking officials.

According to an official statement, the talks culminated in a five-point plan, aimed at stopping the illegal passage of migrants across the borders as well as opening other access routes once the restrictions associated with the pandemic end.

The statement states that “Mexico will continue to accept migrants from Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba and Nicaragua who are rejected at the border and up to 100,000 people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador who have family in the United States will be able to choose to live and work there.”

On May 11, the mobility restrictions associated with the pandemic will be lifted. Faced with the expected increase in migrants wishing to enter the United States, border authorities are preparing “for a wave of people.” Joe Biden has given a strong response to those who decide to cross the border illegally and proposing new routes “to a dangerous and often deadly journey.”

In this process, the support of Mexico is required in terms of control on its southern border. The country was absent at the meeting where countries, such as Colombia, agreed to establish provisional posts for the transit of migrants. However, now he has joined the plan. The Mexican authorities estimate that they will be able to control the increase in the flow of people.

Regarding the measures in the United States, the country “will continue to reject Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans who cross illegally.” For their part, the Mexican authorities said Tuesday that they will continue to accept “up to 30,000 migrants a month from those four countries, which account for the majority of illegal crossings and are not easy to return to their countries.”



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