More than 60,000 people have registered at safe movement centers in Colombia, Guatemala, and Costa Rica to seek asylum in the United States.
Just 8% of over 60,000 people registered safe movement centers in Colombia, Guatemala, and Costa Rica, an initiative promoted by the government of the United States, referred to the refugee program of the North American country.
In particular, 2,400 people registered in the safe office to move to Guatemala1,150 inches of Colombia and 1,250 inches of Costa Rica were referred for “possible resettlement” in the United States, as reported this Monday by the head of the Office of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State, Martha Youth, in a call to reporters.
The youth did not provide details on how many of these individuals were actually admitted as refugees in the United States.
He emphasizes that three Venezuelan families that were referred from the center of Colombia have arrived in the United States.
“There is a little time to start (…) but there are many more on the line, and now we can see more coming,” the official told reporters.
Young people also detailed that the United States has “evaluated” 7,850 of those registered in these centers for “other legal means of immigration, such as humanitarian permits, available for citizens of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, and temporary work visas.
On the other hand, he explained that 281 people, who are registered in Costa Rica, “called for resettlement in Spain”.
The center that, in addition, RECEIVES requests Until now, according to the data provided by the official, dated October 17, in Colombia, 43,600 people have registered, followed by Costa Rica, with 32,000 applications, and finally Guatemala, with 14,050.
Registration for the program is done through a website and is only available for some nationalities, according to each country.
In Colombia, people from Venezuela, Haiti, and Cuba can register; in Guatemala, nationals of that country; and in Costa Rica, registration is available for Venezuelans and Nicaraguans.
The safe movement program, which was announced in Washington in April of this year, is part of the efforts of the government of Joe Biden to control immigration by land to the United States.
However, the migrant arrest figures Attempts to cross the Mexican border irregularly have increased over the past three months.
In the month of September alone, the US authorities stopped more than 210,000 people at the Mexican border, according to data from the Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP).
At the same time, the movement of people through the Darién Forest between Panama and Colombia has reached historic numbers.
This year, 400,000 people crossed this dangerous natural border at a rate of more than 2,000 people per day throughout the month of September, according to figures from the National Immigration Service and Ministry of Public Security of Panama.