Hundreds of migrants from Central America arrived in Tijuana, Mexico after the Mexican government opened its borders to the migrant caravan. Mexico’s new president immediately took action to stop any further group of migrants from doing the same mistake.
Newly elected Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed an agreement with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras on Sunday that would increase jobs in the region so the citizens won’t feel the need to look for a better life outside the border, reported The Washington Post.
Most of the 8,000 migrants that once hoped to cross the U.S. border claimed that they are desperately trying to escape poverty and violence.
The ministers from the four countries will meet in the first quarter of 2019 to develop “programs, projects, and specific actions, for the sake of jobs generation and poverty fight in the region,” states the agreement, in order to make the Central American nations better places to live.
Lopez Obrador will have no honeymoon period when he takes office on Saturday. "The migrant caravan is probably the starting point of the next Mexico-US relations" says @esteban_is https://t.co/eT6cUTdJdU
— Emily Green (@emilytgreen) November 30, 2018
On Monday, Mexican officials are meeting Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to further discuss the border issue, according to Politico.
The Trump administration is pushing for an agreement that would allow the asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while their claims are being processed. Mexico, on the other hand, wants the U.S. to help fund an economic plan that would address the primary reasons that made migrants leave their homes.
The Washington Post reported that this will be one of the matters that Mexican and American officials will be discussing this week.
Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s incoming foreign minister, indicated that the U.S. should pay $20 billion for the Central American renewal.
“Mexico by itself is going to invest in our own territory during the next administration, more than $20 billion, and so any serious effort regarding our brothers in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala should be for a similar amount,” he said.
Just ended working dinner with Secretary Mike Pompeo. Friendly conversation as a first approach towards a long standing understanding between Mexico and the USA. I thank him for his attitude and respect towards the new administration of President Lopez Obrador.
— Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) December 3, 2018
Some Mexican officials have indicated that the migrants could stay and work in Mexico. The migrants that were staying at a sports complex in Tijuana have been recently moved to a former concert venue due to unsanitary conditions, according to officials.
The migrant caravan is being moved in Tijuana away from the U.S – Mexican border. A move that open border activists and organizers are not happy with since they are further away from the border crossing, but as you can see a necessary move.
This is what is being left behind. pic.twitter.com/TwvMNyjcKY
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) December 2, 2018
The new administration in Mexico said that the asylum seekers can be turned into the workers the country needs.
“(Remain) in Mexico is just that. To be in Mexico because we give you work, because we want you to integrate into our population, because we speak the same language, because we want you to be here,” incoming interior minister Olga Sanchez Cordero said last week.