Biden Using Title 42 To Keep Migrants In Mexico Despite Saying He Would End It

According to a new report, the White House has been secretly urging Mexico to accept more illegal immigrants deported from the United States under the Title 42 health policy, despite the administration’s public claims that it wants to repeal it.

Mexico already accepts migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador who have been rejected by the United States.

However, according to Reuters, Biden administration officials are now putting pressure on Mexico City to resettle migrants from Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela as the border crisis worsens and crossings reach record highs.

During an official visit on Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed concern about the influx of migrants from those three countries, according to two US and two Mexican officials.

Mexico made no specific promises, and officials said convincing them would be “an uphill battle.”

The White House has repeatedly attempted to lift Title 42, the COVID health order imposed by former President Donald Trump in early 2020 as a means of quickly returning migrants across the border without hearing their asylum claims amid the ongoing pandemic.

Earlier this year, a Trump-appointed federal judge in Louisiana blocked the administration’s attempt to repeal the order.

However, behind closed doors, some Biden officials see the expulsion order as a way to help alleviate the ongoing crisis, despite the fact that it contradicts the Democrats’ open-border policy, according to a US official.

So far this year, Mexico has taken in approximately 299,000 migrants detained at the US border from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Only 9,000 migrants from Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela have been returned to Mexico, in comparison.

Many migrants from those countries are allowed to stay in the United States to seek asylum because they are more difficult to deport due to strained diplomatic relations with their respective governments.

According to two officials, the Mexican government is unwilling to accept additional migrants because Havana, Managua, and Caracas will not accept deportations from Mexico.

A spokesperson for the White House National Security Council declined to comment on “diplomatic conversations” between the United States and Mexico, but noted that some countries in the region “have already begun to take collective responsibility to manage migration flows, including through repatriations.”

According to officials, the White House is also desperately trying to find ways to shift responsibility for the migrants to other countries such as Panama.

The push for Mexico to accept more migrants comes after Vice President Kamala Harris, who was appointed by Biden to oversee border issues 18 months ago, declared earlier this week that the border was “secure.”

According to the most recent Customs and Border Protection data, migrant arrests have nearly doubled under the Biden administration and have already surpassed last year’s record.

Border Patrol agents have reported more than 1.94 million encounters at the border so far this fiscal year, up from 1.73 million encounters in all of 2021 and just over 458,000 in 2020.

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