World Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala to deploy troops to slow migration
Honduran civil groups call for president's resignation over drug trafficking charges
Dozens of Honduran civil society organizations on Monday demanded the "immediate" resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez and main government officials for having turned the country into a "narco-state." Hernandez's brother was sentenced to life in prison by a New York judge at the end of March for large-scale drug trafficking. During the trial, US prosecutors said the president had been a "co-conspirator" in Tony Hernandez's crimes. TheHernandez's brother was sentenced to life in prison by a New York judge at the end of March for large-scale drug trafficking. During the trial, US prosecutors said the president had been a "co-conspirator" in Tony Hernandez's crimes.
Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala have agreed to deploy troops to their borders to slow the movement of migrants trying to get into the United States, a Biden administration official said on Monday.
“We’ve secured agreements for them to put more troops on their own border,” Tyler Moran, a special assistant to President Joe Biden for immigration policy told the MSNBC news outlet.
The Trump-era order Biden is using to turn away most migrants
Title 42, invoked last year amid COVID pandemic, allows US to immediately return adults and families at the border.The scenes heaped pressure on Joe Biden’s administration, which has mobilised the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to respond and authorised the use of military bases and other makeshift facilities to house the unaccompanied minors as their cases are processed.
“That not only is going to prevent the traffickers and the smugglers, and cartels that take advantage of the kids on their way here, but also to protect those children,” Moran said.
The US Border Patrol is struggling with an increase in the numbers of people trying to cross the southwest US border because of violence, poverty, natural disasters and a lack of access to food in Central America and Mexico.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) caught 172,000 people trying to cross the border in March, a 71 percent increase over the prior month.
Most of those caught crossing were single adults and the CBP expelled 104,000 according to the latest data.
Many of those apprehended at the border, however – 19,000 in March alone – were unaccompanied children who have begun to overfill CBP detention facilities and the housing capacity of the Health and Human Services Department (HHS).
US-Mexico border sees 71 percent increase in migrant crossings
New data showed that 18,890 unaccompanied children crossed into the US during March, double the rate in February. Republican leaders have said Biden’s policies have encouraged families to send their children alone on long and often dangerous journeys. “Joe Biden created this crisis,” House Republican Whip Steve Scalise who is leading a delegation of 10 Republican House members on a two-day tour of the southern border told Fox News on Thursday.
Mexico has agreed to maintain 10,000 troops at its border, Honduras sent 7,000 troops to disperse an emerging caravan of migrants and Guatemala placed 1,500 troops on its border with Honduras, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday.
Biden has proposed comprehensive immigration reform legislation to the US Congress but the bill has not been taken up for action by lawmakers. The bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US. Republicans and Democrats are far apart on the issue.
US Republicans and some Democrats have been critical of the Biden administration’s handling of the border since he took office in January.
Biden has sought to reverse the “family separation” and “remain in Mexico” asylum policies of his predecessor in an effort to implement a more humane immigration process consistent with US law.
Biden Administration Hopes Troops From Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras Can Stop Migrant Surge
Enhancing law enforcement presence in Central America could push migrants into dangerous terrains, one immigration advocate warned.The agreements, details of which White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed during a Monday news conference, represent the latest attempts by President Joe Biden's administration to mitigate the influx of migrants trying to enter the country through the U.S.-Mexico border.
Republicans say Biden has encouraged a massive new inflow of migrants trying to get into the US that risks greater drug smuggling, human trafficking and more COVID-19 infections.
Biden last week lost one of his top experts on Central American migration. Roberta Jacobson, a former US ambassador to Mexico, who had been serving as an assistant to the president and coordinator for the southwest border will leave at the end of April.
The White House said Jacobson’s departure was “consistent with her commitment at the outset to serve in the administration’s first 100 days”.
The White House credited Jacobson with launching renewed efforts to address migration with Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras leading in part to today’s announced troop agreements, Psaki said.
Biden has asked Vice President Kamala Harris to lead his administration’s work with those countries while Biden seeks to reverse the prior Trump administration’s dismantling of the US immigration system.
Among the steps Biden is taking are investments in the Central American countries that are the sources of most of the migration.
“We’re addressing the reasons that people are coming from the region. This is really important. If you just focus on our border, you’re not addressing why people are actually coming to our border,” Moran told MSNBC.
States Have Not Been Reimbursed for National Guardsmen Deployed to U.S. Capitol: Official .
The long-term commitment of state National Guard troops in Washington, D.C., has led to financial strain and frustration from state leaders and National Guard officials.McGuire also said that states have not been reimbursed for the salary costs and that Guard units are under growing strain to meet local missions, saying, "There's been quite a pivot in where people are at with this idea of having an expeditionary military police force in the District of Columbia.