MEXICO CITY (AP) – The processing of asylum seekers ready to enter the USA expanded to a 3rd border crossing Friday, at the same time as nongovernmental organizations known as for extra effort to guard the 1000’s nonetheless in Mexican border cities.
Per week after the U.S. authorities started processing these with lively instances made to attend in Mexico throughout the Trump administration at a border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego, the method expanded this week to the Matamoros-Brownsville crossing and Friday to Ciudad Juarez-El Paso.
A camp of migrants on the banks of the Rio Grande in Matamoros was a specific precedence for the Biden administration and Mexico. It holds about 750 folks now, however the metropolis is harmful and camp residents have been laborious hit by frigid winter climate that affected Texas and northern Mexico this month.
On Friday, the second day of processing there, 100 asylum-seekers crossed from Matamoros. On Thursday, about two dozen have been processed.
The acceleration got here as Mexico Overseas Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard met just about along with his counterpart U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Mexico additionally introduced late Friday that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and President Joe Biden would maintain their first bilateral assembly Monday.
Mexico’s Overseas Affairs ministry mentioned in an announcement that among the many matters to be mentioned shall be “the mechanisms for cooperation to handle the structural causes of migration in northern Central America and southern Mexico.” Additionally they plan to debate methods to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and alternatives for financial restoration.
The group Docs With out Borders, which works alongside the migratory routes by Central America and Mexico, warned Friday that there are locations the place migrants stay at nice threat.
The nice majority of the 25,000 asylum seekers with lively instances who have been pressured to attend out the method in Mexico beneath Trump’s so-called “Stay in Mexico” program, nonetheless have weeks or months of ready forward. The scenario is additional sophisticated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has diminished capability at shelters that present a level of security for migrants.
Sergio Martínez, head of Docs With out Borders in Mexico, known as on each governments to keep in mind that the migrants want safety whereas they wait, noting rising violence in border cities, together with Piedras Negras and Nuevo Laredo.
“What we wish to do from (Docs With out Borders) is push the Mexican authorities to take the mandatory steps to guard this inhabitants, who’re its accountability whereas they’re in Mexican territory,” he mentioned. The U.S. authorities should additionally collaborate because it created the scenario, he added.
In September and October 2019, earlier than the pandemic, the group recorded that in cities like Nuevo Laredo three out of 4 migrants they registered mentioned that they had been kidnapped within the earlier 10 days. As soon as the pandemic started they weren’t in a position to proceed the extent of monitoring, however imagine the safety dangers have solely grown as some native authorities have closed shelters citing public well being issues, leaving migrants with out protected areas.
Matamoros “is a drop within the bucket, the tip of the iceberg, and what actually issues us extra are the opposite locations on the border that don’t have even the safety of media consideration” and the place organized crime continues preying on migrants, he mentioned.
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