Mexico has told the United States it wants a regional deal to tackle the tide of migrants arriving at the two countries’ borders, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday.
Ebrard said he raised the proposal during his phone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday about the arrivals of Haitians with refugee status in Brazil and Chile.
“I told him that it would be desirable to reach a regional agreement. We will be in communication on this, ”tweeted Ebrard, who plans to raise the issue with Blinken at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The State Department said after the phone call that the two senior diplomats “discussed the need for a coordinated regional effort to stem the flow of irregular migration.”
Tens of thousands of undocumented migrants, mostly Haitians, have arrived in recent months at Mexico’s southern border in search of a new life in the United States.
US authorities have started repatriating Haitians by air from the Texas border town of Del Rio where thousands of people wait in hopes of entering the country.
Many of them arrived in Mexico from Brazil or Chile, where they lived as refugees, after a perilous journey through a dozen countries.
Ebrard told reporters that a regional agreement was needed because the wave of Haitians “crossed all the countries of Latin America”.
The joint effort could include regional and United Nations support to improve the situation in Haiti as soon as possible, he added.
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