(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – The Biden administration has been attempting to use Mexico to reduce the number of migrants who are entering the country through the U.S.-Mexico border.
However, following some less than savory policy options and the White House push, the relations with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who had been a key ally of the Trump administration in some of the tougher border policies followed, have become more tense.
This week, López Obrador met with Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, homeland security adviser Liz Sherwood-Randall, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to negotiate as border security continues to be a key issue for the United States ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
Washington Office on Latin America director of defense oversight Adam Isacson noted that President Biden was hoping that there would be a move from Mexico that would help reduce the number of immigrants for a few months.
Border encounters are currently at an all-time high, and the Border Patrol noted in December that they were set to process a record number of illegal migrants who had entered the country through the border.
According to CBS News, in the first 27 days of December, there were a total of 225,000 migrants who had crossed between the ports of entry and had been processed by Border Patrol. This is despite the attempts made by the Biden administration to reduce the number of migrants who are entering the United States.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in its annual report noted that there has been a 19.5 percent increase in the arrests of noncitizens, the majority of whom had not been accused of any criminal actions.
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