Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas said on Sunday that the immigration crisis at the southern border is not unique to the US, and that southern countries are also seeing a huge influx of migrants due to a global economic slowdown and climate change.
During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” anchor Martha Reddz asked Meyerkas if the policies of Biden’s administration were working at the US-Mexico border, where Border Patrol agents are reporting in record numbers. fear of migrants trying to enter the US illegally
“I think we’re doing a good job. We need to do better,” Meyerkas replied. “We’re focused on doing more, and we’re doing it with our partners in the South.”
Meyerkas said the crisis is a global one, and the global economy, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change are driving populations north.
“This is a phenomenon that not only the United States is experiencing – Colombia now has more than 2 million Venezuelans within its borders, Costa Rica has indicated that 2% of its population is Nicaraguan, and that up to 5%. may increase,” he said. ,
“The migration that is happening across the hemisphere reflects the economic slowdown, the increase in violence across the region, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the consequences of climate change – we are really in a regional challenge, and we are in our regional.” Addressing this with partners.”
Mayerkas’s comment comes after Department of Homeland Security Last week released a report showing Border Patrol agents processing migrants who entered the country illegally more than 220,000 times in May, setting an all-time record.
The dangers people are taking to enter the country became more complete after last week 53 migrants killed In a tractor-trailer that was abandoned in the scorching heat outside San Antonio. At least four suspects have been arrested in this case.
Mayerkas said on Sunday that these deaths were a “tragic consequence” of the country. criminal human trafficking,
“We continue to warn people not to take the dangerous journey,” he said. “We are enforcing our laws.”