US may extend humanitarian migrant access beyond Venezuelans, says Mexico

MEXICO CITY: The US has told Mexico it will consider granting humanitarian access to migrants of other nationalities under an agreement this week for Venezuelans, Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Friday.
Under a plan announced Wednesday, Washington will grant 24,000 Venezuelans humanitarian access to the United States by air, while also making it easier for U.S. officials to deport those caught red-handed. tried to illegally cross the border by land into Mexico.
The two countries have launched the plan in an effort to prevent a record number of illegal border crossings at the US-Mexico border by Venezuelans and people from other countries, which has prompted the US President to Joe Biden under pressure from political opponents.
Speaking at a press conference, Ebrard Describing 24,000 sites for Venezuelans is a first step and said US officials have indicated that the plan could be expanded.
“It’s Venezuelan at the moment, but they told us they will consider other nationalities in due time,” Ebrard told reporters. “We look at this positively.”
He added that Mexico in recent months has also seen a spike in the number of migrants arriving from Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador.
The Biden The administration is also considering including Cubans and Nicaraguans in its latest border management plan, two US officials told Reuters this week.


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