The Mexican president says he wants to propose to Joe Biden that the aid program be extended to curb migration to the US.
The Mexican president has announced that he will propose a plan to his US counterpart Joe Biden to extend a major Mexican social program to Central America as part of ongoing efforts to curb migration to the US.
In a video message on Sunday, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he wanted to propose the Sembrando Vida program in Central America, which provides work and support for the agricultural sector.
“I would like to suggest that the Sembrando Vida program be implemented in Central America,” Lopez Obrador said 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 made dangerous journeys north to the US in recent years, often caused by economic difficulties, gang violence and natural disasters.
US officials more than 172,000 people arrested who came into the country in March alone on the southern border with Mexico.
Many of those who entered the US have been expelled under a Trump-era policy that effectively sealed the border for most migrants due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the Biden government allows unaccompanied children and some families to enter the country. This prompts them to use additional federal funds at the border and to open additional facilities for housing people.
As of Thursday, there were more than 22,000 children in US government custody, the AP news agency reported, including more than 2,500 who were still in substandard facilities operated by US border agencies.
“Since there are a lot of these emergency rooms right now, children go in and there is no way out,” Leecia Welch, senior director of legal representation and child welfare at the National Center for Youth Rights, told AP. “They are utter dead ends.”
Asylum seekers from Central America who were deported from the United States walk near the Lerdo Stanton international border bridge in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on March 30 [Edgard Garrido/Reuters]Biden said he plans to address the “root causes” of migration, particularly in so-called Northern Triangle countries in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, to curb arrivals at the border.
Last month he appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to lead this effort and is expected to visit Mexico and Guatemala soon for talks on migration.
A US official said last week that Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras had agreed to send troops to their borders to stem the flow of migration.
“We have made arrangements that they should bring more troops to their own border,” Tyler Moran, a special assistant to Biden for immigration policy, told the MSNBC news agency.
Meanwhile, Lopez Obrador said on Sunday that he believes the Sembrando Vida program could create thousands of jobs in southern Mexico and central American countries.