For Mexico, the USA is “co-responsible” for a solution against illegal immigration

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday that the United States should contribute to a common solution to limit illegal immigration from Central American countries, linked to poverty. He called on Washington to modify its migration policy. The United States of America are the “protagonists of the migration phenomenon”, recalled the Mexican president, after a meeting with his Salvadoran counterpart Nayib Bukele. Washington must also help to fight against poverty and violence “which force millions of people to leave their places of residence”, underlined Mr. López Obrador (AMLO). In addition to the United States and Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – three countries from which caravans of migrants regularly leave – must participate in a “joint effort” in the development of a solution, estimated AMLO. Diplomatic tour The Mexican president undertook Thursday a diplomatic tour in Central America and Cuba, in the countries of departure of migrants who cross Mexico to the United States. After Guatemala and El Salvador, he arrived in Honduras on Friday evening and must then go to Belize and Cuba. The last three weeks of April, the United States arrested 7,800 undocumented migrants a day along the 3,200 km border with Mexico, five times more than the average over the period 2014-2019. This flow could increase from May 23, the date on which Washington must lift a health restriction on migration. This measure had been reactivated under the presidency of Donald Trump in March 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. (Belga)

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