The United States is looking to Guatemala and Mexico: ¿…?

The United States is looking to Guatemala and Mexico to stem the flow of migrants, in a new attempt to find a solution to the issue.

The United States seeks to contain at all costs the migratory pressure on its border with Mexico.

In this sense, President Joe Biden plans to travel this Thursday, February 29, to Brownsville (Texas) on the same day that his probable rival in the November presidential elections, Donald Trump, travels to another point on the border, Eagle Pass, also in Texas.

The United States seeks Guatemala and Mexico with the intention of outlining a strategy, the migratory wave continues unstoppable.

This Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken will host a trilateral ministerial meeting on migration with Guatemala and Mexico.

“Secretary Blinken will lead a discussion focused on actions to strengthen the humane management of migration, joint collaboration to address the root causes of irregular migration and displacement, and ways to expand legal pathways in the Western Hemisphere,” the State Department said in a statement Tuesday.

Blinken, who will be accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and other U.S. officials from different departments, will receive in Washington the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Alicia Bárcena, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Carlos Martínez.

It is clear that the United States is looking to Guatemala and Mexico to triangulate a clearer idea.


The United States is looking to Guatemala and Mexico to stem the flow of migrants

Guatemala and Mexico are part of the route of migrants who come en masse after passing through the Darien jungle.

The U.S. and Mexico have already had one meeting this year in which they have set as their objectives issues such as standardizing migration figures, combating human smuggling networks and a plan to deal with the arrival of migrants through the dangerous Paso del Paso. Darien in Panama.

U.S. immigration policy has attempted under the Joe Biden Administration to address the root causes of migration, create legal routes for migrants to the U.S. and toughen the law for those who break the rules, but that combination has not worked and records of irregular immigrant arrivals to the country have been broken.

It should be noted that this is not the first attempt.


Biden has attempted to ease the border by authorizing permits for migrants from Venezuela, Nicaragua, Haiti and Cuba.

The U.S. government has also set up offices in Colombia, Guatemala and Costa Rica, where those interested in starting their journey to the U.S. can process their applications.

This time, the U.S. is seeking Guatemala and Mexico in a joint meeting, something that has rarely been seen.

Arrests for illegal crossings were cut in half in January, after reaching record levels in December.

In January, in his last meeting with Bárcena, Blinken hailed the “great progress” that was being made and the milestone that the inauguration of social democrat Bernardo Arévalo in Guatemala represented for migration collaboration.

His coming to power opens, in Blinken’s view, “a new and important area of cooperation on migration” between the three countries.

“We will continue to collaborate more broadly to develop regional solutions to this historic challenge we face,” he said in January.

In fact, Biden is analyzing the possibility of approving an executive order with some measures to make it more difficult for immigrants to pass through or facilitate their expulsion.

Among the measures being considered by Biden’s team is invoking powers under Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which gives the president broad latitude to block the entry of certain immigrants if necessary.

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