Mexico has told the United States it wants a regional deal to tackle the influx of migrants arriving at the two countries’ borders. This was stated by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard Tuesday (21/9).
Ebrard said he had put forward the proposal in a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Monday (20/9) about the arrival of Haitians with refugee status in Brazil and Chile.
“I told him that of course it would be better if a regional agreement was reached. We will be in touch regarding this,” tweeted Ebrard, who plans to discuss the matter with Blinken at the UN General Assembly in New York.
The State Department said after the call that the two top diplomats “discussed the need for coordinated regional efforts to stem irregular migration flows.”
Tens of thousands of undocumented migrants, mostly Haitians, have arrived in recent months at Mexico’s southern border in search of a new life in the United States.
US authorities have begun repatriating scores of Haitians by air from the Texas border town of Del Rio, where thousands are waiting in hopes of entering the country.
Many of them have arrived in Mexico from Brazil or Chile, where they live as refugees, after making the perilous journey across a dozen countries.
Speaking to reporters, Ebrard said a regional agreement was needed because the influx of Haitians “has crossed all countries in Latin America.”
Joint efforts could include regional and UN support to improve the situation in Haiti as soon as possible, he added. [mg/ka]