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Migrant Surge Overwhelms U.S. Border

As the surge of migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border continues to grow daily, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has flown to Mexico to hold talks with president Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The growing migrant crisis on the shared border has seen upwards of 10,000 people crossing the southern border every day.

This has led to growing pressure on the White House to minimise the large influx of migrants coming through its shared border with Mexico.

President Lopez is willing to limit migrants crossing over the Mexican border to the US.

Speaking ahead of the summit, the Mexican president spoke of wanting to put more effort into solving the root causes of migration. It is speculated that migration will be a key topic ahead of the next presidential elections.

Migration has been a key topic in the run-up to Donald Trump's 2024 election campaign. He will reportedly crack down on illegal migration if re-elected.

Mr. López Obrador told reporters. "It is more efficient and more humane to invest in the development of the people, and that is what we have always proposed."

This follows two years in which the number of people apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border surpasses two million each year. Meanwhile, US Customs and Border Protection [CBP] revealed that November alone saw 190,000 apprehensions in a statement that was released on Friday.

“In terms of migrants per day, December 2023 is bigger than any average we have ever seen,” said Adam Isacon, a migration expert at the Washington Office on Latin America.

The growing migration crisis has become a political weak point for President Biden's administration. This was highlighted by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voting against further funding for Ukraine's war effort, citing a commitment needed to reinforce border security. 

The media in the US have focused their attention on a large migrant caravan that is heading from Mexico to the U.S. border. The caravan is made up of at least 7,000 migrants and started in southern Mexico.

Its leaders carried a banner reading "Exodus from Poverty." However, the large group of migrants still has 1000km to walk before reaching the U.S. border.



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