Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The US and Mexico continue talks on the immigration crisis

The Mexican Foreign Minister, Alicia Bárcena, and the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, will lead the two delegations, which on the US side will also be attended by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, and the White House National Security Advisor, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall.

According to local media reports, the talks will also address topics such as the need to stop the sale of fentanyl.

With this meeting, the talks from December 28 will continue, when there will be a bilateral stop in Mexico City after the United States has closed several border crossings due to the migration crisis.

The United States is facing one of the biggest waves of undocumented arrivals at the Mexican border in years, and it is one of the weaknesses of President Joe Biden during his mandate that the Republicans are testing to be exploited for political purposes.

Last month, the two countries reaffirmed their current commitments to promote orderly, humane, and regular migration, a statement said at the time.

“This includes strengthening our alliance to address the causes of migration, such as poverty, inequality, and violence, and for the initiative of both countries aimed at Cuban, Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Venezuelan citizens,” they said.

Continued cooperation also includes intensifying efforts to disrupt human smuggling, trafficking, and criminal networks and continuing work to promote legal rather than irregular migration channels.

Likewise, both delegations agreed on the importance of maintaining and facilitating the important bilateral trade that takes place along the shared border.

Press data show that more than two million migrants entered Mexico last year, most seeking to reach the United States.

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