Mexican officials are concerned the shift in border policies under President Joe Biden is fueling illegal immigration into the United States and creating opportunities for organized crime, Reuters reported, citing internal Mexican government assessments.
The documents seen by Reuters are based on testimony and Mexican intelligence and note gangs are modifying and expanding their methods of smuggling and gaining customers as the U.S. actions “incentivize migration.”
“They see him as the migrant president, and so many feel they’re going to reach the United States,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said a day after a virtual meeting with Biden on March 1. “We need to work together to regulate the flow, because this business can’t be tackled from one day to the next.”
Among the policies most concerning to Mexican officials were the increased support for victims of gangs and violence, the reduction of the legalization process, and suspension of Trump-era accords that deported people to Central America.
One assessment also blamed recent Mexican policies such as offering COVID-19 vaccines as well as offering more services to illegal children migrants for encouraging the migration.
One Mexican official, who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity, said organized crime amended their operations “from the day Biden took office” and now were displaying “unprecedented” sophistication.
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