Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2022. 1:30 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: An agreement by the United States and Mexican officials will allow the U.S. to curb rising numbers of Venezuelans crossing their shared border by expelling Venezuelan migrants to Mexico, Reuters report.
In addition, the U.S. would grant humanitarian access to thousands of them by air.
The plan was announced on Wednesday and is being done in an effort to contain illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to the report, commencing October 12, authorities in the U.S. will begin managing access of 24,000 Venezuelan migrants by air.
“These actions make clear that there is a lawful and orderly way for Venezuelans to enter the United States, and lawful entry is the only way,” U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said.
“Those who attempt to cross the southern border of the United States illegally will be returned to Mexico and will be ineligible for this process in the future,” he added.
The Biden administration has faced challenges including record migrant detentions at the U.S.-Mexico border.
From October 2021 to August 2022, more than 150,000 Venezuelans were detained at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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