December 29, 2023

Mayorkas Teases Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants in Latest Blunder in Border Crisis

The United States and Mexico issued a joint statement addressing the ongoing migration crisis, with an emphasis on supporting asylum-seekers.

The statement, following a meeting involving Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, highlighted diplomatic and political engagement and the commitment to regular, orderly, and secure migration.

Despite the three-hour meeting in Mexico City being deemed a success, the statement did not outline specific enforcement actions to address the surge in illegal immigration.

It alluded to President Biden's commitment and the need for ongoing efforts, development assistance, and humanitarian aid. Existing programs and policy debates were mentioned, with plans for both delegations to meet again in Washington in January 2024.

The statement underscored commitments to fostering humane and regular migration, addressing root causes like poverty, inequality, and violence.

Cooperation in disrupting human smuggling, trafficking, and criminal networks was emphasized, along with maintaining vital bilateral trade at the shared border.

The joint statement discussed the benefit of regularizing the situation of long-term undocumented Hispanic migrants and DACA recipients. This raised speculation about potential amnesty efforts for illegal immigrants and those brought to the US as children.

Critics, especially Republicans, condemned the lack of progress in addressing the border crisis and voiced concerns about the Biden administration's focus on amnesty rather than deterrence.

The statement received criticism for lacking concrete measures, with some questioning Mexico's role in enabling border chaos by issuing humanitarian visas.

Despite upbeat recaps on social media from Biden administration officials and López Obrador, Republican leaders expressed disappointment and urged a stronger stance on illegal immigration to protect national security.

The joint statement's vagueness and absence of specific enforcement actions leave key questions unanswered, contributing to ongoing concerns about the effectiveness of current policies in managing the border crisis.

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