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Biden’s immigrant pact will commit U.S. to receiving MORE migrants

Biden’s immigrant pact will oblige US to take in MORE migrants as he tries to fight crisis – but jeopardizes Mexico and Northern Triangle countries skipping its summit

  • Biden Unveils Migration Plan on Final Day of Summit of the Americas
  • Pact means countries in US and Latin America take in more migrants
  • Migrants and border crisis big problem for Democrats in midterm elections
  • But questions have been raised about the pact’s effectiveness as leaders of Mexico and the countries of the Northern Triangle skip Biden’s summit
  • Those four countries produce the most migrants seeking to enter the US

President Joe Biden will unveil his migration plan Friday, with the United States and Latin American countries pledging to take in more migrants as the crisis on the US’s southern border continues.

Biden is presenting his plan because migration is a major political issue, with Republicans — and even some Democrats — expressing concern about the record number of migrants flooding the United States.

In April, US border officials met 234,088 migrants at the US-Mexico border, reaching a March high of just over 221,000 in 22 years.

Republicans are using the high numbers to defeat the government ahead of the November midterm elections, which will determine control of Congress. Biden was under pressure to detail his plans to deal with the crisis.

To be “The Los Angeles Declaration” will outline a set of migration principles, including legal avenues to enter countries, assistance to communities most affected by migration, humane border management and coordinated emergency measures.

President Joe Biden Unveils Migration Plan on Final Day of Summit of the Americas

President Joe Biden Unveils Migration Plan on Final Day of Summit of the Americas

Biden's plan comes as migrant crisis worsens - above Central American migrants walk in caravan to US border

Biden’s plan comes as migrant crisis worsens – above Central American migrants walk in caravan to US border

The plan also includes incentives for countries to take in migrants and provides them with a method of earning a living.

Government officials claim the plan could help alleviate the labor shortage the United States and other countries are feeling.

Under the statement, governments will commit to jointly expand temporary labor programs to address labor shortages and reduce irregular migration. We see this as a real win-win situation for countries like the United States, Canada and Mexico, and other countries in the Western Hemisphere facing massive labor shortages,” a senior official said during a briefing with reporters on Thursday. †

Biden will conclude his troubled Summit of the Americas by asking countries to join the pact, which will call on countries to build their own asylum systems, create more work visas and increase their own border enforcement.

But some key allies in the migration struggle are missing, most notably Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who boycotted the summit after the leaders of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua were not invited. Mexico is an important transit country for migrants.

The leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – the three countries of the Northern Triangle – also skipped the summit, raising questions about how effective Biden’s “Los Angeles statement” will be.

Mexico and the three ‘triangle’ countries produce the most migrants who want to cross the border into the US.

But a senior government official said the countries have been involved in the process of drafting the pact.

“We have worked with them quite a bit in developing the statement and have welcomed their support,” the official said.

The diplomatic boycott has marred the summit as Biden tries to reaffirm US influence in Latin America and counter the growing threat from China, which invests heavily in the area.

The administration is trying to portray the migrant crisis as a shared responsibility of the region.

It is attracting other countries to share the burden of hosting migrants, including Spain and Canada.

Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica already host hundreds of thousands of migrants.

Violence, poverty and a high standard of living in Latin America have led millions of people to flee their homelands in search of a chance at a better life.

Six million Venezuelans have fled their country’s dictatorship. And Nicaraguans, Cubans, Haitians and others have violence or extreme poverty in their countries.

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