The effort is part of a multi-pronged approach to curbing immigration to the US-Mexico border. After months of growing seizures in May Border officials found about 180,000 migrants on the southwest border. According to one official which makes the United States It is on track to overtake the 2019 crisis numbers with four months left in the fiscal year.
The expansion to Cancun is part of an existing program to position US customs and border defense agents. with foreign officials in This is a “strategic place” where they work with immigration agencies to identify people who are likely to head to the United States with the intent to enter illegally. According to one homeland security official,
Cancun has been on the “radar screen”
; for quite some time. According to a former Customs and Border Protection official, Cancun has one of Mexico’s main airports, which handles a lot of international travel. Expansion to Cancun “In process” because US officials Listed as one of the routes that people cross the southern US border Illegal crossing, DHS officials added.
It underscores the changing landscape of migration and the ways in which it operates. where immigrants enter the southern border of the United States Vice President Kamala Harris is diving into those challenges this week. During her first overseas trip By sending a direct message to migrants while in Guatemala: Don’t come.
The trips to Guatemala and Mexico underscore the Biden administration’s focus on Central America and its immigration from the region. Among the number of unaccompanied minors crossing to the United States This spring and border facilities are overwhelming.
Harris met with Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday. and flew to Mexico to meet with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday. Harris said she strongly believes that the United States and Mexico is “Starting a new era” and referring to the long-standing relationship between the two countries. Such cooperation includes cooperation in immigration law enforcement.
When asked about border guards deploying forces to Cancun The Department of Customs and Border Protection points to the Migration Consulting Program, which was established in 2004 to “prevent terrorists. High-risk and improperly documented travelers boarding a commercial plane destined for the United States,” the agency later said. It built on that idea and launched the Joint Security Program, working with Mexican law enforcement agencies on a similar mission.
Many nationalities have reached the US-Mexico border. While most came from Mexico and the northern triangular countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, nearly 34,000 were listed as “other” among nationalities in April, according to Customs and Border Protection. Brazil and Venezuela, for example.
It is not yet clear if a permanent presence in Cancun will be established, a DHS official said as part of the program. U.S. officials work with the host country to identify who “High risk” for illegal immigration and stop them before continuing.
The United States also doubled human trafficking. It embarked on an action focused on dismantling the network and defining the consequences of human trafficking.
while in Guatemala on Monday Harris announced that the administration would create a task force on smuggling and human trafficking. The announcement comes as a result of a joint action launched by the administration focused on transnational organized crime linked to the smuggling of migrants.
“With the help of our federal and international partners, We aim to cut off access to that profit by denying these criminals the ability to engage in travel, commerce and finance in the United States. We intend to disrupt every aspect of the logistics network. that these organizations use to succeed,” Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement in April.