December 2023 broke a record for Colombian migrants illegally crossing the southern border of the United States with almost 19,300. This is the highest number in the last two years and the second highest since these records have been kept.
President Joe Biden, widely criticized for his immigration policy, has assured that he is ready to close the border.
In contrast to the progress, the situation of thousands of Colombian migrants seeking to cross into the United States is worsening.
In the month of December, there were 19,289 arrests of irregular Colombians by US authorities. This is the second-highest number on record, surpassed only by May 2022, where 19,862 were obtained.
This happened after, in the fiscal year 2023, more than 167,000 Colombians were detained crossing the North American border, in a context where almost 400,000 migrants of all nationalities pass every month.
This crisis has the ropes of President Joe Biden, who is asking Congress to pass a law to tighten the measures, even appealing to close the border.
“If that bill becomes law today, I will close the border today and fix it immediately,” the US president said.
The legislation presented by President Biden would allow the asylum requests of migrants to be stopped and deported to Mexico or their countries of origin. However, after there was almost a bipartisan agreement in Congress, the Republican nomination of Donald Trump crossed the line.
“I would rather have no law than a bad law. “You can’t have a bad law,” Trump said.
Migrants who cross the US border illegally and do not meet the requirements for asylum are deported.
If they reoffend and try to enter again, they can be punished with even jail time.