Mayorkas says immigration crisis not unique to US: ‘Reflects economic downturn’ and ‘climate change’


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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Sunday that the immigration crisis at the southern border is not unique to the United States and that southern countries are also experiencing a massive influx of migrants due to the slowdown. global economy and climate change.

During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” anchor Martha Raddatz asked Mayorkas if the Biden administration’s policies were working on the U.S.-Mexico border, where Border Patrol agents are reporting a record number of arrests of immigrants trying to illegally cross the US

“I think we are doing a good job. We have to do better,” Mayorkas replied. “We are striving to do more, and we are doing it with our partners in the south.”

Mayorkas said the crisis is global and populations are being pushed north in part because of the struggling global economy, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

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DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies during a House hearing in April 2022.
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“It’s a phenomenon that the United States is not alone in experiencing – Colombia now has more than 2 million Venezuelans within its borders, Costa Rica has reported that 2% of its population is Nicaraguan , and it could reach 5%,” he said. .

“Migration happening across the hemisphere reflects the economic downturn, increased violence across the region, the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic, the outcome of climate change – we are truly in a regional challenge , and we are addressing this with our regional partners,” he added.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas traveled to the southern border of the United States, Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas traveled to the southern border of the United States, Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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Mayorkas’ comments come after the Department of Homeland Security released a report last week showing that Border Patrol agents processed illegally entering migrants more than 220,000 times in May, setting an all-time high.

The dangers people risk entering the country emerged last week after 53 migrants were killed in a tractor-trailer that had been abandoned in the sweltering heat outside San Antonio. At least four suspects have been arrested in connection with the case.

People line up for a commercial bus that will take them to the San Antonio airport at a warehouse run by the nonprofit Mission: Border Hope run by The United Methodist Church in Eagle Pass, Texas, May 23 2022.

People line up for a commercial bus that will take them to the San Antonio airport at a warehouse run by the nonprofit Mission: Border Hope run by The United Methodist Church in Eagle Pass, Texas, May 23 2022.

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Mayorkas said on Sunday the deaths were the “tragic result” of criminal human trafficking.

“We continue to warn people not to embark on this dangerous journey,” he said. “We enforce our laws.”


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