The United States and Colombia will host an immigration conference in 2023

As migration flows from South American countries such as Colombia explode in the United States, Bogota and Washington want to respond. The two countries will thus organize a conference during the first quarter of next year to examine the measures that will guarantee the rights of migrants heading towards the American border, the two countries announced on Friday, December 9.

Colombia has become an important transit area for many migrants from Latin America who seek to reach the United States by crossing the dangerous jungle of the “Darien Gap,” which connects Colombia to Panama, before continuing their journey through the United States. ‘Central America. The phenomenon is a problem for the entire region, US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters in Bogotá.

Regional solution. “This is a regional challenge and therefore requires a regional solution,” Alejandro Mayorkas said in a joint statement with Colombian Foreign Minister Alvaro Leyva after a meeting with Colombian President Gustavo Petro. “We must respect the humanitarian rights of people seeking shelter, and at the same time we must also comply with the laws of our respective countries. The laws of our respective countries,” added Alejandro Mayorkas.

US President Joe Biden’s administration is struggling to cope with a record number of migrants trying to cross the border into Mexico. In November, a US federal judge struck down an executive order that took effect in March 2020 that allowed authorities to quickly deport migrants caught crossing the border without giving them time to seek asylum.

(with Reuters)

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