American Homeland Leader Says US-Mexico Border Not Open to Irregular Migration

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas looks up during a Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on the Department’s Budget Request on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. United, May 26, 2021. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque / File Photo

MEXICO CITY, June 15 (Reuters) – United States Homeland Security Chief Alejandro Mayorkas said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden’s administration had sent a very clear message that the border between Mexico and the states United was not open, speaking of irregular migration to the United States.

Mayorkas, visiting Mexico City, said he had spoken with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard about migration, trade, public health at the border and economic challenges.

During his meeting with Ebrard and other senior Mexican officials, he also discussed efforts to speed up vaccinations along the shared border, with the aim of phasing out travel restrictions linked to the pandemic.

Still, he said the United States is not considering implementing a vaccine passport at the US-Mexico border.

Separately, former President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would travel to the Texas-Mexico border later this month with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, after the two complained about a increase in the number of migrants entering the United States.

Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Writing by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Chris Reese

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