President Joe Biden declared this Tuesday at the White House that “it is not rational” to deport migrants at the border of the United States and Mexico “to nations like Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.”
This is how Biden expressed himself at a press conference, in which he answered questions about the growing number of migrants trying to enter the country illegally.
In response to a question about the increase in the migratory flow during his tenure, he referred to those three countries. “There are fewer and fewer migrants arriving from Central America (…) It is a totally different circumstance (than what happened in the past),” Biden explained.
“What is happening now, during my term, is Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, and the ability to send them back to those states is not rational,” he said. “We are working with Mexico and other countries to see if we can stem the flow.”
In the last 11 months, the border authorities have detected the arrival of 197,870 Cubans, which constitutes the largest migratory wave since 1959. In August, more than 20,000 arrived.
White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke on this same topic on Tuesday.
A reporter asked him, “given the latest border crossing numbers and the large number of Cubans among them, is the administration planning to resume migration talks with Cuba?”
“In fact,” Sullivan responded, “we have had a number of discussions with the Cuban government about reviving visas, which was previously announced.”
“The United States is providing a significant number of visas so that Cubans can come directly from Cuba to the United States and not make that harrowing journey. And we will continue to engage with them on the migration issue,” Sullivan explained.
However, he stressed that there is a more important point: “the American people must understand that an important part of the reason we are seeing an increase in the number of people who come to the southwestern border of the United States is because people are fleeing those repressive dictatorships, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. And the citizens of those countries are struggling under the weight and yoke of repressive governments and are trying to get out.”
“And that,” he said, “is what makes it so difficult for someone who works in the field of national security to see that a person from one of those three countries, from Venezuela, Cuba or Nicaragua, is treated as some kind of as a pawn, because they are trying to flee from brutal dictatorships.”
Sullivan added that the United States is assuming “its responsibility to help the citizens of those three countries, but also believes that it is a responsibility of the entire region.”
“So what you’re going to see in the next few weeks is a huge amount of intensive diplomacy as we work with every country in the region to do their part and help deal with migration issues coming out of Cuba or Nicaragua and Venezuela in particular.” the White House National Security Advisor concluded.
Last Monday, another agency of the US federal government had addressed this matter.
“The failed communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba are driving a new wave of migration throughout the Western Hemisphere, including the recent increase in encounters on the southwestern border of the United States,” said the commissioner of the Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP)Chris Magnus.
At US border points, 2.1 million arrests have been recorded during the first 11 months of fiscal year 2022, which ends on September 30.
The CBP said that the large number of people fleeing the failed communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba is contributing to an increase in the number of migrants trying to cross the border.
“Our dedicated teams of skilled agents continue to work around the clock to secure our border and safely and humanely process and screen every individual encountered, but those fleeing repressive regimes pose significant challenges to prosecution and removal,” explained Magnus. .