Mexican officials say the causes of migration need to be addressed
The Mexican government said it has asked Washington to support welfare programs aimed at curbing immigration and that it is pushing for agreements between the United States and Central America to deal with the problem of underage migrants.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that serious social and economic measures must be taken to ensure that people in Central America do not feel compelled to leave their homes because of poverty or the lawlessness prevailing there.
Mexico recently revealed to US officials the results of its programs that provide jobs for young people between the ages of 18 and 29, Ebrard said.
“We hope to come up with a common work plan very soon and also involve the United Nations,” Ebrard said at a press conference with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
If Mexico invested $ 100 million in programs, the United States could invest $ 2 billion a year, Ebrard said, referring to the difference in budgets between the two countries.
US President Joe Biden is struggling to contain the rise in illegal migrants along the Mexican border, many of whom are minors.
“In the case of the people of Central America, we are proposing agreements between the United States and these countries, especially with regard to minors,” Ebrard said.
He added that Mexico is working on a number of measures to protect minors and prevent trafficking or abuse. For his part, Lopez Obrador said the United States is not investing enough to address the root causes of migration.
“This is not a problem that can be solved with coercive measures, border closures, or militarization,” he said.