THE United States and Mexico are slated to hold talks over the border crisis, as traffickers raked in as much as $14million a day last month.
Officials were set to travel on Monday ahead of the talks, the White House said.
United States and Mexico are slated to hold talks over the border crisisCredit: Reuters
Officials with Biden’s administration will meet with authorities in Mexico to ‘develop an effective and humane plan of action to manage migration’Credit: AFP
The talks come over increases in encounters at the US-Mexico border since Biden’s inaugurationCredit: Reuters
Ambassador Roberta Jacobson, Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator for the Southwest Border, and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere Juan Gonzalez were both set to travel to Mexico.
Once there, the US Reps will talk with officials about cross-border migration, the White House said in a statement.
The statement added that officials would meet “with Mexican government officials to develop an effective and humane plan of action to manage migration.”
Gonzalez will then head to Guatemala and meet with officials there to also discuss migration, the White House said.
Migrants are seen crossing the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to US Border Patrol agents as they seek asylum in El Paso, Texas on March 19, 2021Credit: Reuters
Migrants are seen resting on a gazebo at a park in Reynosa, Mexico on March 20, 2021 after they were expelled from the USCredit: AP
Speaking about the meeting at a press conference, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the US aims to partner with Mexico “to address the root causes in their countries, to convey clearly and systematically that this is not the time to travel.”
Psaki went on to add that the US State Department has placed ads in countries – including Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – with some aiming to “deter irregular migration.”
“Our embassies on the ground are obviously the experts working with countries… to figure out how to communicate clearly in languages that are — will be received by the people in these countries and communicate clearly: ‘This is not the time to come. Our borders are not open,'” Psaki told reporters.
Roberto Velasco, Mexico’s director for North American affairs, also commented on the talks, the Associated Press reported.
He said the two countries’ discussions will focus on “joint efforts for secure, safe and regulated migration.”
Velasco said they will also talk about plans for Mexico and Central America’s economic development – so people don’t feel pressured to migrate.
US Customs and Border Protection Agents are seen taking people into custody near the US-Mexico border in Hidalgo, Texas on March 20, 2021Credit: AP
A woman shields herself from the sun near the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge point-of-entry to the US after she was caught trying to cross the border from Mexico on March 18, 2021Credit: AP
Word of the talks between the two countries come as border patrol sources told Fox News that criminal trafficking organizations at the US-Mexico border earned as much as $14million a day last month.
Since Biden’s Inauguration, there has been a 168percent increase in the number of family members, and a 63percent increase in the number of unaccompanied children encountered by border officials in February, according to Pew Research Center.
Shocking images revealed the “terrible” conditions inside a border patrol tent in Donna, Texas.
Nearly 1,000 unaccompanied children have been held by agents for more than 10 days.
Migrants were seen laying on mats on the floor, and using aluminum sheet blankets to keep warm.