By Jennie Taer
Mexico has been overwhelmed with migrants as President Joe Biden takes a victory lap on low January border numbers, according to Spanish-speaking media reports.
The Biden administration recently introduced a program for certain migrants to enter the U.S. legally via parole for two years if they have a sponsor or through the CBP One app. Biden declared a victory Tuesday during his State of the Union address in driving illegal immigration down with the new programs.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently said that the new programs, including CBP One and the parole program that allows 30,000 Cubans, Haitians, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans to enter the country legally each month, have driven illegal crossings down in January. The dip in encounters follows the highest month ever recorded by the department. (RELATED: Illegal Immigrants Believe The Border Is ‘Open’ Under Biden, Official Tells Congress)
But the migrants still exist, they are just waiting in Mexico, overwhelming resources there as they await approval through CBP One, according to multiple Spanish-speaking media reports.
“There is an increase of 181% compared to December. We also believe that CBP One has encouraged migration, it looks easier to have an appointment. Yes, we have seen people who arrive with that expectation,” director of attention to migrants from Tijuana, Enrique Lucero told Telemundo in a Feb. 1 report.
Across from El Paso, Texas, in Juarez, Mexico, migrants are swarming the streets because shelters have reached their capacity.
“This is a humanitarian crisis, because there are families with babies looking for shelters, but they are all collapsed and the Municipal Police are chasing migrants in the streets; tremendous, tremendous All week they have complained, they take their documents, they take money, they take cell phones, their belongings, all week they have been very afraid,” coordinator of the Human Mobility Pastoral of the Diocese of Juárez, Mexico, said, according to a Jan. 28 Diario report.
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The app itself has also presented challenges that has lengthened the waiting process for some migrants, who are struggling with the technology and lack of available appointments.
“In these cities, thousands continue to live on the streets with extremely limited access to even the most basic services. They spend cold nights, skip meals, lack access to drinking water and sanitation, and are also highly exposed to different types of violence,” Marcos Tamariz, the Doctors Without Borders’ deputy chief of mission for Mexico and Central America, according to a Jan. 13 CNN Spanish report.
DHS warned in a December memorandum that countries in Central and South America are experiencing “enforcement fatigue” from the large migration surges, according to Yahoo News.
“Multiple countries in Central and South America reported having limited resources and are requesting assistance from the United States as well as international partners to support migrants already in country, stating they are unable to provide migrants with basic social service requirements,” the memo, which indicated that there’s 35,200 migrants waiting in northern Mexico, stated of countries facing issues with shelter space, according to Yahoo News.