WASHINGTON (Gray DC) — At the Summit of the Americas, President Biden proposed a new U.S. economic partnership with Latin America and also tackled record levels of immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.
He said, “Safe and orderly migration is good for all of our economies, including the United States. It can be a catalyst for sustainable growth. But illegal migration is not acceptable.
The president’s warning came as thousands of migrants head for the US-Mexico border in a caravan scheduled to coincide with the summit.
Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson explained: “There are practical solutions to our broken immigration system, but they are politically unobtainable at the moment because it has become a politically charged issue, charged and emotional.”
Johnson worked with Biden during the president’s time as vice president. He said the government needed to be proactive in stemming the number of migrants heading to the United States.
“There’s more to be done in terms of surveillance technology on our southern border, but we also need to make investments, and a lot of people don’t want to hear that, making investments in countries where illegal migration is coming from.” , Johnson added.
To that end, Vice President Kamala Harris announced $3.2 billion in corporate pledges aimed at addressing some of the economic factors driving migration from Central America.
The summit, attended by more than 20 countries, was marred by controversies over the exclusion of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. They were excluded for their human rights record. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and several other leaders boycotted their exclusion.
The White House pointed out that the Mexican Foreign Minister was present and that all participants had found common ground on food security and the issue of climate change.
Today, President Biden and other summit leaders signed what is called the “Los Angeles Declaration,” which will include commitments from leaders in the region for safe and orderly migration across the region.
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