It’s now being reported exclusively by Reuters that Mexico has suddenly decided to help the Biden administration stem the flow of migrants to the southern border:
REUTERS – Mexico is preparing to significantly reinforce efforts to detain U.S.-bound migrants who illegally cross its border with Guatemala, in response to a jump in people trying to enter the United States, according to four people familiar with the matter.
The people familiar with the plan said Mexico would deploy security forces to cut the flow of migrants, the bulk of whom come from Central America’s so-called Northern Triangle of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, whose economies were battered by the coronavirus pandemic and hurricanes last year.
Two of the people said the National Guard militarized police, which led efforts to bring down the number of illegal immigrants entering Mexico from Central America during an increase in 2019, would be at the fore of the containment drive.
“The operations will be more frequent, more continuous and we will be taking part,” from next week, a member of the National Guard said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Mexico’s support is important for U.S. President Joe Biden’s efforts to manage the number of people arriving at the U.S. border, which hit a record for the month in February and is set to tick higher in March, apprehension numbers show. Most people apprehended at the U.S. border are sent back to Mexico.
Mexico also needs U.S help on managing the pandemic. It is lobbying hard for Biden to release some COVID-19 vaccine stocks to help with shortages, saying it expects an answer this week.
The people did not give details of the new migration plan, but similar operations in the past have focused on catching migrants on a narrow isthmus in the south of the country, rather then trying to stop all crossings on the Guatemalan border where remote and difficult terrain complicates efforts.
Migration authorities are already picking up migrants without proper paperwork around the southern city of Tapachula near the border, the National Guard member said.
Reuters notes that the Biden admin won’t say whether they requested the help or not:
When asked about the Mexican plan, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said the United States appreciated Mexico’s efforts to stem the flows and aimed to continue close cooperation.
The spokesperson declined to comment on specific operations and did not respond to a question on whether the White House had requested such action or knew about it in advance. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But Reuters is reporting that an anonymous source says “bilateral discussions” to stop the flow of migrants are happening:
In Washington, a person familiar with the matter said the U.S. administration has seen a growing need for Mexico to do more to secure its southern border but has steered clear of making demands or direct requests for action.
Biden’s aides want to avoid Trump’s heavy-handed approach to Mexico, preferring a more respectful tone, but bilateral discussions have touched on how to curb the flow from the Northern Triangle, the source said on condition of anonymity.
Biden is a damned hypocrite and an epically incompetent leader. He puts an end to Trump’s border agreements with Mexico on his first day in office, only to turn around and beg for Mexico’s help after his policies caused a historic surge of migrants to the border. He’s literally reinstating a form of Trump’s agreement with Mexico, and he’s doing it in secret because he knows how bad this will look for him politically.
And if you have any doubts about this, the New York Times just published an article claiming the same thing that Reuters uncovered yesterday, that Biden is begging for Mexico’s help to stop the surge:
Breaking News: The Biden administration is quietly pressing Mexico to curb migrants coming to the U.S., Mexican officials said, a move echoing Trump-era policy. https://t.co/zGjMIyw9nO
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 18, 2021
Just imagine how desperate Team Biden is to be following in Trump’s footsteps. But hey, there’s no crisis at the border. Don’t believe your lying eyes!