The illegal crossing of migrants to the US from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela was reduced by 97%
The announcement comes a day after Texas and 19 other Republican-ruled states filed a lawsuit to stop the widespread granting of humanitarian parole to citizens of those four countries
The illegal crossing of migrants to the US from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela decreased by 97%. (AP)
US authorities recorded a 97% drop in illegal border crossings by migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela since Mexico began accepting citizens of those nations who are removed from the United States under an order implemented during the pandemic by COVID-19 , the government of President Joe Biden reported this Wednesday.
The announcement comes a day after Texas and 19 other states governed by Republicans filed a lawsuit to stop the widespread granting of humanitarian parole to citizens of those four countries who apply online, fly to the United States, or find a financial sponsor.
The US government announced on January 5 that it would allow the entry of 30,000 people per month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela to stay in the country for two years with permission to work . At the same time, Mexico agreed to receive the same number of migrants from those countries who have entered the United States illegally and are expelled under Title 42, which denies them the right to seek asylum with the argument of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
“These expanded border control measures are working,” commented the Secretary of National Security, Alejandro Mayorkas. “It is incomprehensible that some states that can benefit from these highly effective measures are trying to block them and cause more irregular migration at our southern border,” he added.
The US government pointed out the past 5 January that would allow the entry of 30,000 people a month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela to stay in the country for two years with permission to work. (AFP)
US authorities made an average of 115 arrests a dayof migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela along the border with Mexico during the seven-day period ending Tuesday, compared to a daily average of 3,367 apprehensions during the week ending December 11.
The Texas-led lawsuit seeks to suspend large-scale humanitarian parole issuance for those four countries, which could totaling 360,000 a year. The complaint has been assigned to the federal judge of Drew Tipton district in Corpus Christi, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump and who has ruled against the Biden administration on who to prioritize for deportation.
< p class="paragraph">“This illegal amnesty program, which will invite hundreds of thousands of aliens into the United States each year, will only drastically make this immigration crisis worse ,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a press release.
Under the law, the Department of Homeland Security can parole migrants “on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.”< /p>
So far, 1,700 Cubans, Nicaraguans and Haitians have arrived in the United States with parole humanitarian statusin accordance with policy changes announced this month, and thousands more from those three countries have been approved, government officials told reporters in a conference call on condition of anonymity. The number of Venezuelan migrants was not available at the moment.
The Texas-led lawsuit seeks to halt the issuance of large-scale humanitarian paroles to those four countries, which could total 360,000 a year. (REUTERS)
Roberto Velasco, the Director of North American Affairs at the Mexico Ministry of Foreign Relations, shared Mayorkas' position that the recent changes are a success.
“The measures announced by the United States have begun to yield important results with the dual objective of opening pathways for regular migration and also considerably reducing the risks associated with irregular migration flows,” he wrote Tuesday in the Mexican newspaper Excelsior.
An increase in Cuban and Nicaraguan arrivals in December led to the highest number of illegal crossings recorded for any month of the Biden presidency, the government reported last week. Authorities made 251,487 migrant apprehensions along the southern border in December, 7% more than in November and 40% more than in the same period of the previous year.
The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that the January numbers are “on track” to be the lowest since February 2021, Biden's first full month in office.< /p>
(With information from The Associated Press)