MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday that the United States needs to invest more in Central America if it expects migration to the north to slow to record levels.
A record number of migrants have moved from Mexico to the United States this year, fueled by the economic slowdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and hopes of more welcoming immigration policies under US President Joe Biden.
Biden has vowed to focus on the underlying causes of migration to Central America by working to reduce poverty, violence and corruption.
Asked about the possibility of Mexico acting as a deterrent for migrants, Ebrard told a Mexican radio program, “There is no doubt that Central America requires enormous investment from the United States. “
“Without this investment, if the United States doesn’t support Central America, it’s very hard to think that the migration flows that are happening will be reduced,” Ebrard said.
Biden noted in a recent letter to Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador that the United States has provided more than $600 million in foreign aid over the past year to the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
The letter said Biden has requested the US Congress to allocate a further $861 million to Central America for the 2022 fiscal year.
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