Foreign Minister Antony Blinken warned Haitian migrants in Mexico on Friday that they would not be successful in making it to the United States, calling the trip “deeply dangerous”, Reuters reports.
running news: “The trip is extremely dangerous and it will not be successful,” Blinken said at a news conference in the Mexican capital.
- Blinken met with officials in Mexico to unveil a joint security plan and build ties with the border country amid an influx of Haitian migrants from Mexico to the US
- Blinken said US and Mexican officials are in “close contact” over the increase in Haitian migrants at the border.
- Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said many Haitian immigrants traveling from South America to the border were misled into thinking they could obtain legal residency in the US, per Reuters.
- “If 15,000 people come from Haiti, they want to work, they want to live here, it’s not a problem for Mexico,” Ebrard said.
big picture: Blinken’s meeting with Mexican officials came as thousands of Haitian migrants sought asylum in Del Rio, Texas – many of whom were fleeing extreme poverty, disaster and political unrest.
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