Harris says Mexico's refusal to take back migrant families was not discussed during trip

Harris was in Mexico for a two-day trip to the region as part of her diplomatic efforts to tackle theroot causesof the migrant surge that has overwhelmed U.S. border facilities and saw more than 178,000 migrants hit the border in April alone.

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六月 8, 2021: Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to the media at the Sofitel Mexico City Reforma in Mexico City. (美联社照片/杰奎琳·马丁)

六月 8, 2021: Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to the media at the Sofitel Mexico City Reforma in Mexico City. (美联社照片/杰奎琳·马丁) (美联社)

美国. 是, on paper, expelling single adults and migrant families via Title 42 public health protections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 然而, the administration has been releasing a number of families into the U.S. interior – often without notices to appear in court – due to Mexico’s refusal to take back in migrant families with tender age children.

我们. officials have said that the refusal took place just days after Inauguration Day and led directly to a surge at the border.

The surge of family units began in the Rio Grande Valley on Jan 23 when Tamaulipas stopped taking back Northern Triangle families with tender-aged children under the age of 7,acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commission Troy Miller told lawmakers last month.

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Miller said this led to the situation in March when Border Patrol would not only release migrants but would release them without Notices to Appear in court – instead, giving them a notice to report to their local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (冰) 办公室.

The situation on March 19, we encountered 2,439 migrants between the ports of entry in RGV alone,” 他说. “We had over 2,600 unaccompanied children of which 1,943 were held over 72 hours in our soft-sided facilities.

星期二, after a bilateral meeting with Mexico’s leader, Harris was asked, as part of a question about legal pathways for migrants, if she came to agreements with Lopez Obrador about taking back more families turned away via Title 42.

While she said she had discussions about the needto re-examine travel restrictionsand Mexico issuing work visas for people entering its southern border, she did not mention the vexing issue of Title 42 returnees until the reporter followed up.

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We did not discuss Title 42,Harris then responded.

It comes after a visit during which Harris announced a wealth of initiatives that will primarily benefit Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, but that the administration believes will contribute to tackling theroot causesbehind migration such as poverty, climate change and violence in Central America.

在星期一, in Guatemala, Harris touted U.S. investments in agribusiness, affordable housing and Guatemalan entrepreneurs. 美国. recently announced $ 310 million in aid to the region, as part of a $ 4 billion planned investment in Central America.

She announced a young women’s empowerment initiative to increase education and employment among women and girls, as well as task forces to combat human trafficking, drug smuggling and corruption. She said she had hadfrank’ discussions with the Guatemalans on the question of fighting corruption.

星期二, in Mexico, she highlighted a $ 130 百万 我们. investment in Mexican workers’ protections and labor reform, as well as further partnering to address human trafficking and smuggling organizations and a strategic partnership to address root causes of migration in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Do I declare this trip a success?” 哈里斯说. “是, I do.

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