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US, Mexico, and Guatemala to discuss migration as soon as possible

The United States described the joint efforts of Mexico to control the migration crisis on the southern border positively, after a Friday meeting between the foreign ministers and senior officials of the two countries on the State Department where the parties committed to continue exploring the channels—legal and job opportunities to control the flow of migrants.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, received the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Alicia Bárcena, and a large delegation of Mexican officials, to follow up on the immigration commitments made on December 27, the US Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

In that meeting in late 2023, during a visit by Blinken to Mexico asking for help to prevent record migration, the president of that country, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said that the parties agreed to keep border crossings open.

“During the meeting, Secretary Blinken and the United States delegation noted that our coordinated efforts with Mexico have shown positive results on our shared border. They discussed the positive impact of efforts to increase control of immigration on bus and train routes, combating criminal smuggling networks, and increasing repatriations of those who do not have legal grounds to remain in our countries,” said US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller.

US and Mexican officials reaffirmed the importance of continuing to expand legal avenues and employment opportunities to stem the flow of irregular migrants to the US. They also discussed bilateral efforts to combat human and arms trafficking, the spokesperson said.

On the US side, Blinken was accompanied at the meeting by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas; White House National Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall; Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, and USAID Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman.

The Mexican delegation is composed, in addition to Foreign Minister Bárcena, of the Secretary of Defense, Luis Crescencio Sandoval González; the Secretary of the Navy, Admiral Rafael Ojeda Durán; the Secretary of Public Security, Rosa Icela Rodríguez Velázquez; the Mexican ambassador to the US, Esteban Moctezuma Barragán; the Undersecretary of Human Rights, Population and Migration, Félix Arturo Medina; the Head of the Unit for North America, Roberto Velasco and the commissioner of the National Migration Institute, Francisco Garduño Yáez, among others.

Blinken highlighted the peaceful transfer of power in Guatemala as one of the most important events in the region in recent days and said that the United States is ready, together with the government of Mexico, to support the people of Guatemala and their new government in economic development as well as management of hemispheric migration.

“Migration is a hemispheric challenge. The United States is committed to working with Mexico and countries in the region to address the causes of migration and promote economic opportunities in the spirit of the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection,” spokeswoman. Miller emphasized.

The two governments committed to continuing cooperation on migration, including discussions with senior leaders, on the sidelines of the Trilateral Fentanyl Committee meeting, which will be held in Mexico City in early February, the statement said.

Last week, House Republican lawmakers criticized Secretary Mayorkas during an impeachment hearing over the record number of migrants attempting to cross Mexico’s southern border into the United States illegally. Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration has rejected attempts to remove the Mayorkas, blaming the migrant crisis on poor economic conditions, violence, corruption, and extreme weather in most Western Hemisphere countries.

About 10,000 migrants try to enter irregularly every day across the southern border of the United States, almost double the number before the pandemic. The fiscal year 2023, which ended on September 30, closed with a record number of 2,475,669 migrants at various border crossings in Mexico.

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