World Mexico warns migration will not slow without more U.S. investment in Central America
Biden looks to repair frayed US-Mexico relationship
Nearly a year after the US Drug Enforcement Administration arrested a Mexican former defense minister and charged him with being a drug cartel boss, the Biden administration is deploying three Cabinet members and White House officials to Mexico to mend ties that are crucial for grappling with cross-border flows of migrants and drug and gun trafficking. © Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images US President Joe Biden gestures as he delivers remarks on the debt ceiling from the State Dining Room of the White House on October 4, 2021 in Washington, DC.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The United States needs to invest more heavily in Central America if it hopes to slow record levels of northbound migration, Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday.
Record numbers of migrants have passed through Mexico this year toward the United States, driven by economic downturns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and drawn by the hope of more welcoming immigration policies under U.S. President Joe Biden.
Biden has vowed to focus on the underlying causes of migration in Central America by working to reduce poverty, violence and corruption.
Mexico's internally displaced are an unrecognized migration crisis
There are approximately 357,000 Internally Displaced Persons in Mexico — over seven times the number of refugees — and a dramatic increase in comparison to 2009, when there were only 8,000. While a small number of these individuals are displaced due to the effects of climate change and natural disasters, the vast majority of Mexican IDPs are forced out of their homes due to conflict and violence stemming from organized crime groups fighting for control of lucrative territory.
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"There needs to be a bigger investment from the United States in Central America than has been given, without a doubt," Ebrard told a Mexican radio program when asked about the prospect of Mexico acting as a barrier for migrants.
"Without this investment, if the United States does not support Central America, it's very hard to think that the migration flows that are happening will diminish," Ebrard added.
Biden noted in a recent letter to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that the United States provided more than $600 million in foreign assistance over the past year to the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
The letter added that Biden has requested another $861 million from U.S. Congress for the 2022 fiscal year to also allocate to Central America.
(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Karishma Singh)
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