- The Biden administration visited Mexico to review the steps taken by the country to stop irregular migration.
- Mexico has restricted travel across its southern border and touted the deployment of nearly 9,000 troops.
- Biden’s coordinator, Roberta Jacobson for the southwest border has developed an effective and humane plan of action to manage migration.
On Tuesday, the Biden administration visited Mexico to review the steps taken by the country to stop irregular migration. Mexico has taken a series of high-profile actions to stop the migrants.
These actions involve restriction in travel across its southern border, touted the deployment of nearly 9,000 troops, and has even organized a parade of migration officers through a southern city.
At the time of Trump’s administration, Trump had threatened to impose tariffs on Mexican goods unless its government throttled the migrant traffic. Yet, it is a big challenge for Biden’s administration as it is the biggest surge in irregular migration in 20 years.
To resolve the issue, Biden’s coordinator Roberta Jacobson for the southwest border has developed an effective and humane plan of action to manage migration. This plan has been carved out along with the help of Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, and other officials.
On Monday, the Mexican Defense Secretary, Luis Crescencio Sandoval had announced that around 8,715 armies and National Guard troops were deployed at the country’s northern and southern borders to detain the unauthorized migrants.
However, as per a few officials, it was hardly more than the average of 8,058 troops posted at the borders during 2020. On the other hand, back in 2019, nearly 15,000 troops were dispatched to Mexico’s northern border alone after Trump’s 2019 ultimatum.
Meanwhile, a Mexican National Guard spokesman mentioned that there has been no significant increase in border deployments.
Last week, Mexico had announced that it was closing its southern border to nonessential travel, citing risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic. However, the Biden administration has agreed to provide Mexico the COVID-19 vaccines.
Despite the strict actions, migrants continue to stream through informal crossings in rural parts of the Mexican-Guatemalan border.
The director of the Fray Matias de Cordova human rights centre in the southern Mexican city of Tapachula, Brenda Ochoa highlighted that National Guard forces had taken up prominent positions along the river separating the country from Guatemala, discouraging passage.
However, she mentioned that it would only prompt migrants and asylum seekers to try their luck in more remote, and more dangerous areas.