The president of Mexico said he wanted to propose to Joe Biden an extension of the aid program in an effort to limit migration to the United States.
The Mexican President said he plans to propose to his US counterpart Joe Biden a plan to expand into Central America an important Mexican social program, as part of ongoing efforts to prevent immigration to the United States.
In a video message on Sunday, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would like to offer the Sembrando Vida program, providing work and support to the agricultural sector, in Central America.
“What I would like to suggest is that the Sembrando Vida show is done in Central America,” said Lopez Obrador in the video.
“So people are not forced to migrate and that helps the environment.”
Thousands of migrants and asylum seekers from Central America and Mexico have routinely made perilous journeys north to the US in recent years, fueled by economic hardship, ice violence. party and natural disaster, Among other things.
US Officials Arrest more than 172,000 people People came to the country on the southern border with Mexico only in March.
Many of those who crossed the border to the United States were deported a Trump-era policy that effectively sealed the border for most of the migrants due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But the Biden administration is allowing unaccompanied children to enter the country, as well as some families – prompting the government to deploy more federal resources to the border and open more facilities to accommodate residents. .
The AP news agency reported that as of Thursday, more than 22,000 children are under the custody of the US government, of which more than 2,500 children are still in substandard facilities by the US border administration. operating.
Leecia Welch, senior director of advocacy and child welfare at the National Youth Law Center, told AP: “Since there are so many of these emergency reception locations right now, kids are entering and there is no way out. “They are completely dead ends.”
Biden said he plans to address the “root cause” of the migration, especially in the so-called Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, in an effort to limit people to the border. gender.
A US official said last week that Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras were agreed to deploy troops to their borders in an effort to stop the flow of migration.
Tyler Moran, Biden’s special assistant on immigration policy, told MSNBC news agency: “We have secured agreements for them to bring more troops onto their borders.
Meanwhile, Lopez Obrador said on Sunday that he believes the Sembrando Vida program could create thousands of jobs across southern Mexico and Central American countries.