In an effort to stem migration, Antony Blinken guides officials to Mexico
Amid escalating tensions along their shared frontier, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken have engaged in dialogue in response to the migration crisis.
As pressure mounts on the White House to stem the influx of migrants into the United States, this high-level meeting was convened. Last week, U.S. officials estimated that as many as 10,000 individuals crossed the southern border daily.
Mr. Lopez Obrador is amenable to restrict entry into the United States from Mexico. However, prior to the summit in Mexico City, the capital of his nation, he cautioned that migration could become a major issue in the 2024 US presidential election and called for increased efforts to address the fundamental causes of migration.
Former president Donald Trump, who has adopted an increasingly hardline posture on the border, is rumoured to have threatened undocumented migrants with a massive crackdown if re-elected the following year.
Mr. Lopez Obrador advised reporters that they must exercise caution, as this matter serves as a rallying cry for activists. He mentioned that they have always advocated for investing in the development of the people because it is more humane and efficient.
Mr. Lopez Obrador and President Joe Biden agreed in a phone conversation last week that immediate action was required to resolve border security. This meeting was scheduled to follow their conversation.
After the call, Mr. Lopez Obrador informed reporters that Mexico “will continue to assist, as we always do,” in addressing the influx of migrants into the United States.
The State Department stated earlier this week that the agenda for the meeting in Mexico City, which also included Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, would be “unprecedented irregular migration in the Western Hemisphere and the identification of ways” for each nation to address challenges related to border security.
However, this occurs as a record number of Mexican migrants enter the United States. Over two million individuals were detained at the southern frontier of the United States during both the fiscal years 2022 and 2023.
In November alone, US Customs and Border Protection [CBP] officials issued a statement indicating that over 190,000 individuals were apprehended. The numbers have become a political vulnerability for Mr. Biden, as the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will not approve additional military funding to support Ukraine until he guarantees that the border will be fortified.
Acting head of US Customs and Border Patrol Troy Miller stated on Friday, “We are confronted with a significant obstacle along the southwest border, and CBP and our federal partners require additional resources from Congress, as outlined in the supplemental budget request, to strengthen border security and the national security of the United States.”
Prior to the conference, US media focused on a migrant caravan consisting of approximately 7,000 individuals, which is en route from southern Mexico to the United States.
On Christmas Eve, the migration departed from Tapachula, a city in southern Mexico situated in close proximity to the southern border of the country with Guatemala. The caravan, which reportedly includes migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Venezuela, and Haiti, is currently located approximately one thousand miles south of the United States border.