Biden’s new border problem: Nations won’t take back migrants

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Migrants fleeing countries that refuse to take them back are driving new backlogs in the US immigration system – and White House and Homeland Security officials worry it will be a growing obstacle to balancing humanitarian and national security concerns. Is.

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Running news: According to internal immigration data obtained by Nerdshala, US officials at the southern border have encountered an average of about 800 Venezuelan migrants every day over the past week—more than any other nationality except Mexico.

  • There are now more Venezuelans in border detention than any other nationality, followed by Nicaragua. a record 13,400 crossed the border In October,
  • More than 5,000 Cubans, Brazilians and Venezuelans crossed the dreaded Darien Gap in Panama last month, on top of more than 17,000 Haitians, according to Panama government statistics,

What are they saying: “The Department of Homeland Security is committed to ensuring safe, orderly and humane immigration procedures,” said DHS spokesman Eduardo Silva.

  • “DHS, in coordination with the Department of State, discusses regularly with partner countries in the hemisphere on migration-related matters, and continues to engage with foreign governments to improve cooperation with countries that systematically refuse or delay the repatriation of its citizens.”
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big picture: Overall, during the peak of children and families crossing the US-Mexico border illegally, the numbers at the border are much lower than they were earlier this year.

  • But unprecedented numbers of migrant adults are arriving from countries that make deportation difficult, primarily Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Brazil.
  • The US government must decide whether to detain or release most single adults arriving from nations that are reluctant to take back their own citizens once the US turns them away.

Between the lines: Cuba and Venezuela are some of the lesser allies when it comes to US efforts to turn back migrants who do not qualify for asylum or other protections.

  • Brazil and Nicaragua accept a limited number of deportation flights, but require extensive notice, and otherwise make it more difficult than in other parts of the world.
  • Mexico also refuses migrants from these countries under a controversial pandemic policy called Title 42.
  • A DHS official told Nerdshala that migrants are moving to smaller, less staffed border areas such as Del Rio, Texas and Yuma, Arizona.
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Haitians held in a migrant camp Under a bridge in Del Rio gained national attention in September.

  • According to other internal data seen by Nerdshala, only a third of the roughly 25,000 migrants who hiked to the region during the month were from Haiti.
  • Another third were from Venezuela, but their home country was unprepared to accept as many deportation flights a day as Haiti.
  • However, 69% of the 21,000 people who arrived on September 9-24 were Haitians, a DHS official told Nerdshala.

in the past week, Border crossers from far-flung countries left behind Mexico or the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

  • On Sunday alone, nearly 800 of these migrants from South America, Africa and other distant regions were released into the US

what to watch: The administration is trying to address the issue, first asking Mexico to expedite enforcement. Mexico is already considering stricter requirements for Venezuelans to enter, As reported by Reuters,

  • There are also plans to be more aggressive in detaining migrants from obstinate countries in the hope of preventing future migration.
  • According to two government immigration officials, the US is in discussions with Central American countries to find ways to repatriate some migrants to them.

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