US authorities have 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 expelled from the United States under a order implemented in the coronavirus pandemic, the administration of President Joe Biden reported Wednesday.
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 who apply online, fly to the United States and find a financial sponsor. .
The US government said on January 5 that it would admit up to 30,000 people a 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 request asylum on the grounds of preventing the spread of the virus. COVID-19. Border crossings by migrants from those four nations had risen sharply, and there is no easy way to send them back to their countries of origin.
“These expanded border control measures are working,” said 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.”
US authorities made an average of 115 daily apprehensions of migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela along the border with Mexico during the seven-day period ending Tuesday, compared with a daily average of 3,367 apprehensions. during the week ending December 11.
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. The lawsuit has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton in Corpus Christi, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump and who has ruled against the Biden government over whom to prioritize for deportation.
“This illegal amnesty program, which will invite hundreds of thousands of aliens into the United States every year, will only make this immigration crisis dramatically worse,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a news 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.”
So far, 1,700 Cubans, Nicaraguans and Haitians have arrived in the United States on humanitarian parole under policy changes announced this month, and thousands more from those three countries have been approved, government officials told reporters at a conference call on condition of anonymity. The number of Venezuelans was not available at the moment.
Roberto Velasco, the director of North American affairs for Mexico’s foreign affairs ministry, shared Mayorkas’ stance that the recent changes are a success.
“The measures announced by the United States have begun to yield important results with the double 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.
A spike in arrivals of Cubans and Nicaraguans in December led to the highest number of illegal crossings recorded during any month of the Biden presidency, the government reported last week. Authorities made 251,487 migrant detentions 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.
Source: El Nuevo Herald