Mexican President Marcelo Ebrat said he raised the issue during a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen on Tuesday (21).
“I told him it was desirable to reach a regional agreement. We would talk about it,” he told the UN General Assembly in New York.
The U.S. State Department released the initiative Monday, citing a conversation between Ebrard and Blinken.
The two officials “discussed the need for a concerted regional effort to stop irregular migration.”
Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants, mostly Haitians, have arrived on the southern border of Mexico in recent months to continue their march to the United States in the hope of finding asylum.
But U.S. officials have begun deporting Haitians from Del Rio, Texas, on the border with Ciudad Aqua (Mexico), where thousands have tried to enter.
Many came to Mexico from Brazil or Chile – where they were refugees for a few years after crossing a dozen countries.
The Mexican president insisted Tuesday that the deal should be regional because the Haitian migration wave has “crossed all countries in Latin America”. Such an effort could include the support of the region and the United Nations to “quickly improve” the situation in Haiti, he said, adding that “in the coming days” he will report back on the progress of the proposal.
On Monday, US Secretary of Defense Alejandro Myorgas said that Haitian immigrants had been given false information that they could stay in the United States as refugees under the Temporary Protection Act (TPS).
Washington extended TPS to all Haitians in the United States on or before July 29, following the escalation of the political crisis that devastated Haiti following the July assassination of President Joanne Moyes and the recent earthquake. But he stressed that “anyone who came last week will not be eligible for DPS.”
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