The Mexican government is concerned that President Biden’s asylum policies are encouraging illegal immigration and providing revenue to drug cartels through human trafficking across the US border.
Mexico has asked the Biden administration for help to provide developmental aid to Central America since many of the migrants come from countries such as Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala seeking asylum in the US.
“They see him as the migrant president, and so many feel they’re going to reach the United States,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said of Biden after their virtual meeting on March 1, according to Reuters.
U.S. #BorderPatrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley #RGV are commonly encountering families and unaccompanied children being smuggled into the country in groups of more than 100. #BorderSecurity pic.twitter.com/cjPDCHGtkE
— CBP RGV (@CBPRGV) March 12, 2021
Congressman Henry Cuellar verified a recent video of migrants crossing in the Rio Grande Valley shared on social media yesterday.
It shows dozens of adults and children lined up on the Mexican side as they wait for a smuggler using a raft. pic.twitter.com/ZQXu8FlwIZ
— Valerie Gonzalez (@ValOnTheBorder) March 12, 2021