MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s top diplomat said Thursday that his country expects to see “constant and increasing” flows of migrants in the years to come and estimates that the United States must spend $ 2 billion per year in development aid to stem the tide.
Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico has offered to invest money in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and hopes the United States will join the effort. These three Central American countries sent the largest number of migrants to the southern border of the United States.
“If you look at the region from different points of view, but mostly demographics and the economy, it’s clear that the flows are going to be constant and growing in the years to come,” Ebrard said.
“The United States will have to allocate 2 billion dollars per year for the development of these countries, in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador,” he added.
The U.S. Border Patrol had 168,195 encounters with migrants last month, the highest since March 2001.
Mexico’s reluctance to take back Central American families with young children, especially in the state of Tamaulipas bordering the Rio Grande Valley, has led many to be released in the United States as their demands are reviewed by immigration authorities.