Data show that the number of arrests at the border between the United States and Mexico has almost doubled in the last five months
The President of U.S, Joe Biden, named Kamala Harris to deal with the issue of the migratory crisis. The vice president will oversee the country’s diplomatic actions related to the border with Mexico. This week, senior government officials traveled to try to develop an action plan with Honduras, Guatemala, El salvador and the Mexico. According to Biden, Kamala’s appointment came about because he believes he is the most qualified person to make strategies feasible and contain the increase in immigration. The vice president said she will treat the issue in accordance with American values, in a fair and humane way, but she does not deny that she will have a lot of work ahead of her.
The professor and coordinator of the FMU international relations course, Manuel Furriela, agrees that the mission of controlling the illegal immigration in the country it will not be easy for Democrats. “You have a situation of great attention, if the government was not skilled, very skilled in dealing with this situation, it will turn into a crisis and you will have at the doors of the United States a huge number of people looking to cross the border. And added to the pandemic, where agglomeration is a problem, we are going to have a crisis, including the coronavirus ”, he evaluated. The professor also believes that Biden’s speech opposing the way Donald Trump treated immigrants gives scope for people to understand that they can easily enter the country. According to Furriela, the pandemic it also contributes to the increase in the migratory flow. “The pandemic has not become a factor in reducing the circulation of people, which would reduce this flow. It had the opposite effect, because of this desperation and the economic conditions of neighboring countries for Covid-19, it increased the need for people to seek better alternatives, ”he said. According to government data, the number of arrests at the border between the United States and Mexico has almost doubled in the last five months compared to the same period last year. In February alone, 100,000 people tried to enter the country, with almost 10,000 unaccompanied children.
* With information from reporter Camila Yunes