Mexico, the United Nations and the Biden administration are considering establishing a temporary program that would help pre-screen migrants from four countries for potential eligibility into the United States as border crossing continues to increase.
The program would focus on 40,000 migrants from Venezuela, Haiti, Nicaragua and Cuba who are in southern Mexico, Bloomberg reported, citing Mexican Foreign Minister Alicia Barcena. Migrants from those countries have been stuck in Mexico since May when the U.S. ended Title 42, a Trump-era public health order.
They also have specific parole processes for immigration to the U.S. because of conditions in their countries.
In an interview, Bercena said United Nations refugee agencies would review the eligibility before those who may qualify would have their applications processed by a mobile US consulate.
“We would like very much to have mechanisms that are legal, orderly and safe,” Barcena said. “We do have a lot of progress on the regular pathways of migration.”
She didn’t give a timeline for the U.N. facility to be set up. Barcena said that more than 170,000 Venezuelans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Cubans have arrived in the U.S. under humanitarian permissions. A facility would be eyes somewhere in southern Mexico.
Migrant encounters have risen at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months. In August, there were 232,972 migrant encounters, an increase from the 204,087 encounters in August 2022, and an increase from the 183,494 encountered in July and the 144,570 encountered in June.
“Our operational tempo along the border has increased in response to increased encounters, and we remain squarely focused on our broader security mission and enforcing U.S. immigration laws,” acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller said in a statement.
Mexico will host Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Homeland Security Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and Attorney General Merrick Garland next month where migration in expected to be discussed.
Last week, the Biden administration announced a number of measures, including increased capacity at CBP facilities, more personnel heading to the border and a redesignation of Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela – which will grant protection from deportation and work permits to around 470,000 nationals.
Fox News Digital’s Adam Shaw contributed to this report.