US, Mexico discuss immigration in high level meets

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A United States (US) delegation discussed immigration and regional development in a series of meetings in Mexico on Tuesday at a time when the rising number of migrants arriving at their shared border has raised concerns in both countries.

The administration of President Joe Biden is worried about the number of migrant families and unaccompanied children arriving at the US-Mexico border in recent months.

The White House’s lead adviser on the border Former US ambassador Roberta Jacobson and National Security Council’s senior director Juan González for the Western Hemisphere, were accompanied by the newly named Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle Ricardo Zúñiga.

The new US administration has started to dismantle Trump-era policies that made it more difficult for asylum seekers, but have maintained some like the pandemic-related policy invoked by Trump that allowed it to continue to return the majority of border crossers to Mexico.

In a meeting with Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, the two delegations discussed “humanitarian actions to spur, in the short term, an inclusive economic development in northern Central America”, according to a statement released by the Mexican government. Ebrard later emphasised the shared goal of development in the region to address migration.

“If we persevere and act together… we can achieve that these countries and southern Mexico have a different future, have other possibilities,” he said.

“That no one has to migrate due to poverty, insecurity, desperation.”

The so-called Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have been the largest source of migrants arriving at the US southern border in recent years.
Plagued by endemic corruption and violence, natural disasters and the pandemic, migrants continue to stream out of those countries.