On Wednesday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urged the Biden administration to act concretely and quickly to address the root causes of the deepening migration crisis affecting both countries.
“Enough talk, it’s time to act,” López Obrador told reporters on Wednesday, Sept. 22, as thousands of Haitians and other migrants gather at Mexico’s northern border, seeking to enter the United States as refugees, prompted by the easing of immigration policies by the United States, reported News Max.
This is the first time since Joe Biden became president of the United States that Obrador has spoken out so critically against U.S. authorities regarding this issue that seems to have gotten out of control.
Obrador did not mince words in his complaint to the United States, urging it to take urgent action to address the migration crisis impacting the Americas.
Tens of thousands of migrants, many of them Haitians formerly living in South America, have arrived in Mexico in recent weeks in hopes of entering the United States.
The newly arrived migrants have found themselves stranded in a crowded southern Mexican city on the border with Guatemala and the same is happening in the north at the U.S. border, where their hopes of receiving asylum are quickly fading in the presence of tens of thousands of people in the same situation.
Mexico and Central American countries are still waiting for several billions of dollars promised by Washington, Obrador claimed. The investments were intended to seek economic development to reduce the need for Central Americans to migrate to the United States to escape poverty.
“There was a commitment that they were going to invest four billion, two billion for Central America and two billion for Mexico. Nothing has arrived, nothing,” said López Obrador.
Later, Obrador softened his speech a bit, affirming that Biden “is interested” in solving the problem, and although he has not taken concrete actions so far, he hopes that he will implement them in the future.
As the wave of migrants, mainly from Haiti following the natural disasters suffered in their country, threatens to collapse the migration structures of Mexico and the United States, Mexican officials have begun to take strong measures to slow the advance.
In several locations, officials have ordered migrant buses blocked from reaching communities along the U.S.-Mexico border and plan to send Haitians back to their home countries.
Meanwhile, under the International Bridge linking the small town of Del Rio, Texas, with Mexico, nearly 15,000 illegal immigrants are concentrated, reported Republican Representative August Pfluger when he visited the area.
For Pfluger and most Republicans and international authorities of countries affected by this situation, such as Mexico, the Biden administration must recognize the crisis and take action.
Marcelo Ebrard, the Mexican Foreign Minister, spoke this week with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. He reportedly said that a regional agreement on migration is urgently needed to address the magnitude of the crisis.
Blinken, Ebrard, and the Central American foreign ministers are expected to discuss this issue at the UN General Assembly in New York.