US tells Central American migrants not to take ‘dangerous journey’ to border

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken used a visit to Costa Rica on Wednesday to urge Central Americans with dreams of a better life elsewhere not to go to his country without the proper documents.

Blinken was in the process of completing a two-day trip to Latin America with the aim of fulfilling President Joe Biden’s desire to address the issues that fuel the arrival of migrants at the southern border of the United States. .

“The truth is that too many young people in the region… are so desperate for a better life that they risk everything, everything… to take a very dangerous journey north,” he said during visiting a municipal center in San Jose.

“People die along the way. They experience violence, and those who make it to our border are turned around, because the border is not open. The United States has made it clear, and I say it again, that people do not make the perilous journey to our border,” said Blinken.

The diplomat admitted that “it’s not enough to say ‘Don’t come'”, adding: “We must work together to make it safer for people across Central America to enter their homes and communities without fear. stay.”

We are committed to finding joint solutions to the challenges of security and illegal migration in our hemisphere. Mexico is an essential partner and I was pleased to speak with Secretary of State @m_ebrard about our efforts to create a safer and more prosperous region. pic.twitter.com/3MBbbzgpCo

— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) June 2, 2021

When Biden arrived at the White House in January, he was confronted by a large influx of Central American migrants at the US border with Mexico.

Biden promised a more “humane” migration policy to turn the page on the draconian restrictions on Donald Trump’s presidency, but Republicans accused him of causing a wave and then denying the existence of a “crisis.”

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Biden has entrusted Vice President Kamala Harris with the top-stakes dossier.

Harris, who will make her maiden trip to Mexico and Guatemala next week, has promised comprehensive action against the root causes of the influx of migrants.

Washington has announced a $4 billion aid package for the countries of the Northern Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador).

On Tuesday, Blinken met with foreign ministers from several Central American countries, urging them to defend democracy and fight corruption to address the root causes of undocumented migration to the United States.

He also met with Mexico’s foreign minister.

(AFP)

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