(USA Features) The top Mexico diplomat on Friday predicted “constant and growing” waves of illegal migrants streaming towards the United States in the coming months from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
“If you look at the region from different points of view, but especially demographics and economics, it is clear the flows are going to be constant and growing in coming years,” Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said. “The United States will have to allocate $2 billion per year for development in these countries, in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.”
Last month, U.S. Border Patrol agents managed to intercept 172,000 illegal migrants, the highest single-month total since March 2001. Department of Homeland Security officials say that at least 1,000 more are evading capture daily.
In February, 101,000 people were caught crossing into the U.S. illegally.
Republicans have accused the administration of causing the record surges after President Joe Biden quickly reversed nearly all of former President Donald Trump’s executive enforcement actions.
“I would argue that it’s the biggest surge that we’ve ever seen in the history of the Border Patrol,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said during a roundtable with Republican members of Congress, Texas landowners, and law enforcement on Wednesday.
Biden appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to oversee the administration on March 24, but she has not yet gone to any border region currently experiencing the biggest surges to see the situation first-hand. She has said her current focus is on getting more aid to Central American nations.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visited the border on Thursday and met with federal and local authorities.