Alejandro Mayorkas, the US secretary of Homeland Security, will visit Colombia and Ecuador from Wednesday to December 10 to talk about migration amid the border crisis, his department said Tuesday.
Mayorcas’ visit, which will meet with members of the government and civil society of both countries, is tied to the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration adopted during the Summit of the Americas held in June in the United States, DHS said in a release.
In Colombia, Mayorkas will address the priorities of this announcement, such as the management of migrant flows, particularly through the dangerous Darien jungle on the border with Panama. In this sense, it will be examined how to promote “regular and legal channels for migration” and the exchange of information.
He will also speak with local leaders about the current challenges regarding migration in Colombia.
The issue of migration will also be omnipresent at the meetings in Ecuador, where it will also address bilateral cooperation on cyber security, the fight against transnational organized crime and the exchange of police information.
The visit comes as Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration seeks a solution to the immigration crisis at the border with Mexico, which hundreds of thousands of migrants try to cross each month.
So far, officials have blocked the vast majority at the border, invoking an anti-Covid health rule inherited from the time of former Republican President Donald Trump and known as Title 42, but a judge ruled stated that its use was “arbitrary and arbitrary”. ” way and will no longer apply. December 21 at midnight.