Mexico has created a “permanent table” with Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to address the migratory phenomenon and this Wednesday Chancellor Marcelo Ebrard will speak with the presidents of the rest of the nations.
“Today I will talk with the leaders, but we had already had conversations with the ambassadors, we have talks every week, but now a permanent table has been set up to deal with the emergency,” said the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) from the National Palace.
At the morning conference of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the foreign minister said that these nations will address consular, migrant protection and border management issues, which is “complex”.
“We have to see many details and work hand in hand with them tomorrow (Thursday) I will inform you what happened with this,” he said.
Ebrard explained that after the implementation of a “special plan” with different government agencies on Tuesday, progress was made in the deployment of thousands of National Guard agents in the south of the country, one of the measures announced to postpone the tariff threat of U.S.
“We could say that we are already in the implementation phase of the special plan,” he said, and explained that this Wednesday and on subsequent days the deployment will begin, which must move “quickly”.
Additionally, “immediate migration actions” will be presented to improve management capacity.
On Friday, a meeting will be held with the governors of the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Veracruz and Campeche, in the south and east of the country.
And so, they will establish state and federal measures.
After delivering a detailed report to the Senate on his actions during the talks in Washington last week, on Wednesday Ebrard gave a few strokes of the phone call he had with Donald Trump, as a conclusion to the negotiations.
He explained that the call was about five minutes and that the head of the White House told him the importance of addressing the phenomenon of migration and drug trafficking.
On this second point, Ebrard explained that “there was a very broad cooperation program”.
Ebrard also said that next week he will meet with several United Nations agencies to address the phenomenon of migration, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Attributed to political, insecurity and economic factors -especially the fall in the price of coffee- the “exponential” increase in migrants in recent months, thus discarding the initial policy of the López Obrador government to offer visitor cards for humanitarian reasons would have encouraged the exodus.
Finally, he said that on Friday – after the meeting with state governments – a more accurate calculation of the economic cost of implementing all these new immigration measures will be possible.
Before giving the floor to the chancellor, López Obrador recalled that a “good agreement” was reached that avoided “an economic and financial crisis” and has received the backing of citizens, businesses and markets.
“It’s a challenge because we have to demonstrate in a timeframe that there is another way and way to address the migratory phenomenon, which would be the Mexican way,” he said, referring to the fact that in 45 days the US government will evaluate progress, and could reactivate the tariff threat.
Without revealing figures, López Obrador said that there is a budget for the migratory program thanks to the money that the Government saves by combating corruption and its austerity measures.
The leftist leader asked all Mexicans to act with “humanism” before migrants and made reference to how the Bible says that foreigners must be treated.
“No xenophobia, which means hatred for the foreigner, nor campaigns against migrants, that is neither human nor Christian,” he concluded.