Mayorkas assured that the Government is preparing for the different possible scenarios and that is why it has presented a six-point plan to reinforce the border with Mexico.
The Secretary of National Security of the United States, Alejandro Mayorkas, insisted this Sunday on asking migrants who try to enter the country through the southern border not to do so: “Do not come, the border is not open.”
In an interview on CNN, Mayorkas used the same phrase as a year before in the middle of the immigration crisis to try to dissuade those who undertake a trip to the United States. An expression that the vice president, Kamala Harris, also used at the time.
His message now, Mayorkas said, is “the same, because the border is not open.” “Don’t come,” he reiterated.
He recalled that Title 42 is still in force – the health regulation approved at the beginning of the pandemic that allows the rapid expulsion of migrants at the US land borders – and also the immigration regulations that those who do not have a “valid” permit cannot pass. input.
But above all, he stressed, “they should not put their lives at risk or in the hands” of the mafias that traffic immigrants.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced its plan to rescind Title 42 on May 23, although on April 27 a Louisiana judge suspended the administration’s preparations for 14 days. to break that rule.
The magistrate has set a hearing for next May 13 in which he could adopt a definitive resolution on the future of Title 42.
In the first six months of the current fiscal year, which began in October 2021, authorities have detained just over a million migrants on the southern border, of which 549,000 were expelled from the country in application of Title 42, according to data. of the US Customs and Border Protection Office.
In the interview, Mayorkas assured that the government is preparing for the different possible scenarios and that is why it has presented a six-point plan to reinforce the border with Mexico.
Given the forecasts that there may be 18,000 migrants a day when the aforementioned rule is lifted, he acknowledged that this figure would represent significant “pressure” for the system, but for that reason, he assured, they have been preparing for months and are also working with their southern partners because this, he stressed, is a “regional problem” that requires everyone’s efforts.
Mayorkas is being the main target of the Republicans on the immigration issue and even members of that party have threatened to promote an impeachment process against him in Congress, but he assured in the interview that he is not worried about that issue, but focused on his chores.
Last Friday, US President Joe Biden tried to coordinate with his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a common strategy in the face of the “unprecedented” flow of migrants arriving at the common border.
Both agreed on a visit to Washington on Monday by Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard to continue working on these issues.
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