Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas visits southwest border, says US dealing with ‘toughest challenge’ amid pandemic.
The United States is encountering “unprecedented” numbers of individuals making an attempt to illegally cross the US-Mexico border, based on Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
“The situation at the border is one of the toughest challenges we face. It is complicated, changing and involves vulnerable people at a time of a global pandemic,” Mayorkas advised reporters in Brownsville, Texas on Thursday.
“We are encountering an unprecedented number of migrants in between the ports of entry at our southern border,” Mayorkas stated.
US border brokers made nearly 200,000 arrests for undocumented entry on the southern border in July, the very best month-to-month complete since March 2000. Border arrests sometimes taper off within the hotter summer season months, however the July tally represents a 13 % improve over June, Mayorkas stated.
A gaggle of elected officers in south Texas who met Mayorkas on Thursday criticised Biden’s dealing with of the border, saying incoming migrants are straining their communities in the course of the pandemic.
“Whatever system they’re using is broken,” Pete Saenz, the mayor of Laredo, Texas, stated of Biden’s approach. “It needs fixing.”
Mayorkas introduced the administration is increasing a web-based asylum registration system that asylum seekers can use to use remotely.
The on-line system permits folks to register to use for asylum from telephones or computer systems, an choice that would scale back the variety of asylum seekers trekking throughout Mexico to the US border however has but to be examined broadly.
“There are several reasons for the rise in migrant encounters at the southern border. Worsening conditions, of course, in the countries of origin, including poverty, a rise in violence and corruption,” Mayorkas stated.
“And the challenges, of course, made more acute and more difficult because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also been made more difficult because of the, of the fact that the prior administration dismantled our asylum system.”
President Joe Biden, a Democrat who took workplace about seven months in the past, has promised to reverse most of the restrictive immigration insurance policies put in place by his Republican predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
Mayorkas and White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan had met senior Mexican authorities officers in Mexico on Wednesday for conversations about working collectively to sluggish crossings alongside the US southern border.
Mexico’s international affairs ministry stated in an announcement after the conferences that the 2 sides had analysed latest migration flows and agreed to increase cooperation geared toward attaining orderly and secure migration.
Vice President Kamala Harris, who was named by Biden to guide the administration’s efforts to stem the “root causes” of migration from Central America, spoke with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday to emphasize the difficulty is a “top priority” for the Biden administration.