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Mexico and the US Generate Solutions for Migration

Mexico and the US Generate Solutions for Migration; Investment of 40 million dollars will bring Wellness Programs to Central America, reports the Government of Mexico.

“Mexico is very committed to a migration strategy that is comprehensive, orderly, safe, regular, and humane. (…) Unprecedented progress has been made. I have to say it because, in truth, new routes of mobility and migratory mobility have been generated between the United States and Mexico, but also labor,” said the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, when presenting the report on agreements reached by the governments of the two nations in order to address the causes of migration.

In a morning press conference with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the head of the SRE announced the contribution of 40 million dollars from the United States for the implementation in El Salvador, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Cuba and Ecuador of two programs created and executed with results by the Government of Mexico: Sembrando Vida and Jóvenes Construyendo el Futuro.

“It is the first time that the United States is really going to contribute a fund with the characteristics that we are interested in, which is to reach the communities directly, the beneficiaries, and we had not achieved that with the United States and now they are going to raise their contribution to 40 million dollars and I believe that we can achieve much more later,” remarked Bárcena Ibarra.

She announced that, according to data from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), there is a downward trend in the flow of Mexican people seeking to migrate to the United States.

Since the end of Title 42, on May 12 of this year, between that month and June, irregular encounters of migrants decreased by 50 percent, which represents the lowest number recorded on the US-Mexico border since February 2021.

“What it is about is being able to address the entire flow of migration and do it, first of all, very attentive to the protection of human rights throughout the stage of the cycle, which I think is essential. (…) The president has insisted that we address the structural causes of migration: where are people’s problems, why do people migrate, how do we make migration an option and not an obligation,” she pointed out.

Governments, indicated the secretary, should emphasize migration verification and dignified repatriation, in addition to improving international protection and refuge systems; To achieve this purpose, efforts will be coordinated with funds and programs of the United Nations (UN), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Mexico and the United States are working to create a new multi-service international space located in southern Mexico that, among other services, provides shelter and employment options to the most vulnerable people who are already in the national territory. In addition, new paths for orderly migration will be offered to people who are not eligible for the current programs.

The secretary highlighted that the humanitarian permits for people and the application of CBPOne in the United States have allowed more than 272,000 people from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela to enter that country in an orderly, safe and regular manner.

Regarding the situation of the Rio Grande, he explained that the International Boundary and Water Commission, —a body created by the United States and Mexico— toured the flood zone in Piedras Negras-Eagle Pass, where embankments, metal cargo containers and floating plastic buoys stand out. in a stretch of 305 meters, of which only 75 meters are located in the United States and the remaining 230 meters in Mexican territory.

As a result of these arbitrary actions taken by Texas authorities, a second diplomatic note was submitted to the State Department in which Mexico included alleged human rights violations against migrants.

“Something very important is that President Joe Biden (…) filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas, so there is a decision by the federal government to support Mexico in relation to this action, which is a fairly unilateral action and very much from one state. of the United States,” said the head of Foreign Relations.

The Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Rosa Icela Rodríguez Velázquez, reaffirmed Mexico’s commitment to combat the trafficking of migrants.

The report was attended by: the Secretary of the Interior, Luisa María Alcalde Luján and the Secretaries of National Defense, Luis Cresencio Sandoval González and of the Navy, José Rafael Ojeda Durán.

 


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