(Washington) US authorities on Friday began air freighting migrant families back to Central America as part of an accelerated system to deport people who had illegally entered Mexico.
Posted on Jul 30, 2021 at 6:45 pm
Expedited deportations have historically been used by both Republican and Democratic governments to deter illegal border crossings between Mexico and the United States, as the United States has seen a surge in arrivals.
The Ministry of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the families would be returned to their countries of origin such as Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, but did not provide any information on the number of deportees.
“The expedited deportation device is a legal way to securely manage our border and represents a step towards our larger goal of achieving safe and orderly immigration processing,” the ministry said in a statement.
According to the US authorities, arrests of migrants illegally crossing the border with Mexico rose 4.5% in June, contrary to expectations of a decline in arrivals due to the rise in summer temperatures.
The United States’ southern border has seen record numbers of migrant arrivals during the pandemic and after a series of devastating storms in Central America.
Republican elected officials have vilified Joe Biden for flexing the anti-immigration restrictions of his predecessor Donald Trump, whose “Remain in Mexico” measure forced thousands of Central American asylum seekers to stay south of the US border while their application is processed .
Biden government officials announced on Monday their readiness to use the expedited deportation device after the renewed surge in arrivals, particularly in Texas.
About a third of the migrants arrested in June were from Mexico, followed by Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Most of the South American migrants came from Ecuador and Venezuela.
The number of unaccompanied minors rose by 8% in June compared to May to a total of 15,253 minors or more than 500 per day. The United States has promised that it will be welcomed to the country instead of returning to Mexico.