Tuesday, February 7, 2023

US allocates 314 million to help Venezuelan migrants

US agencies announced Friday that the Joe Biden administration will allocate $314 million to support Venezuelan migrants throughout the Western Hemisphere and restart programs that have reunited some people from Cuba and Haiti with their relatives. Will allow to join.

The announcement was part of a push at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles to address migration challenges, particularly in the United States, where the number of migrants arriving at the Mexican border has reached record levels.

Biden and other leaders attending the summit are scheduled to issue a statement on Friday, pledging to take a more cooperative approach to immigration.

The Democratic president has tried to frame migration as a challenge for the entire hemisphere, not a problem confined to the border with Mexico.

Republicans, who are aiming to regain control of Congress in November’s midterm elections, have harshly criticized Biden for reversing some of his predecessor Donald Trump’s restrictive policies and for portraying the border situation as a crisis. Have tried.

At the summit, the Biden administration called on governments in the US to increase protections for migrants, but also to strengthen borders and deport those who do not qualify for asylum.

A senior US official told reporters late Thursday that the United States and other countries would make “concrete commitments” and that “we expect all countries to play their part.”

In conjunction with the declaration, the United States announced a number of programs aimed at expanding legal avenues for immigration and supporting immigrants abroad. These promises included strengthening the recruitment of temporary workers from Central America by the United States.

The US State Department said Friday that Washington’s funding commitment to support Venezuelan migrants will include $171 million in humanitarian assistance and emergency food for Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

The US Department of Homeland Security said the Biden administration would also restart programs that allow some US citizens and permanent residents to apply through temporary status to bring family members in Cuba and Haiti to the United States. Let’s give

The US administration on Friday also highlighted “unprecedented” efforts launched in April to disrupt people-smuggling networks and a regulation implemented in late May aimed at helping asylum seekers cross its border with Mexico. To speed up the processing of

At the same time, Biden called on other governments to strengthen their asylum systems and remove those who do not meet the requirements.

The US official, who briefed reporters on the summit’s announcement on condition of anonymity, said, “We will continue to support countries that are really making a big effort to build up their asylum capacity. “

Washington seeks measures to help address the labor shortage in the United States, while reducing illegal immigration.

Although the Biden administration touted this week’s summit as a great opportunity to reach regional agreements on migration, leaders of Mexico and other countries attending, which send replies to many migrants, declined to comment on the efficacy of any statements. Raises questions. The Biden administration has rejected that suggestion.

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