MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – Mexico and the United States signed an agreement Tuesday to expedite the reunification of migrant children who are on Mexican territory and have a father or mother north of the border.
Roberto Velasco, head of the North America Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, explained that the aim is to reunite migrant children with their parents through the management of the Comprehensive Family Development Agency (DIF) and thus prevent families from resorting to normal methods. is to be avoided. The practice of paying traffickers to smuggle their children into the United States, at the risk of their own lives.
Velasco calculated that several hundred families could benefit from the settlement. It did not specify which minors would be eligible for the program or if there are other requirements to access it.
According to federal government figures, more than 12,000 unaccompanied minors will arrive in Mexico irregularly in 2022, and some 6,000 will be deported back to their countries of origin.
Also on Tuesday, the two countries, represented by their respective ambassadors, signed another agreement on labor mobility, which aims to increase the number of temporary work visas, but above all, requires both governments to implement these contracts. have to include more in order to verify that they have been complied with. workers’ rights, Velasco said.
Until now, contracts were handled by private companies and organizations through temporary employment visas in the United States.
The two documents signed on Tuesday are the result of some agreements reached by the two governments within the framework of the North American Summit held in Mexico last week, where Mexico and the United States pledged to strengthen legal migration channels. Huge increase in irregular flow during 2022.