The Department of Homeland Security has circulated a recently drafted mass migration plan that includes a focus on a “whole Western Hemisphere” approach as a solution to the deepening border crisis. Part of the plan includes efforts to improve living conditions outside the United States as the country grapples with its hottest inflation since 1982.
The agency’s outreach plan includes a focus on working with countries across the hemisphere on issues such as job creation, access to credit, improved law enforcement cooperation and industry advancement. The document shifts the blame for the immigration crisis away from pull factors within the United States.
Target designs include:
Promoting appropriate migration policies, encouraging savings and investment opportunities to create jobs and develop sustainable livelihoods for the poorest and most vulnerable sectors.
Recognize remittances as an important source of capital in many countries in the hemisphere.
Strengthening the social inclusion of migrants.
Improving access to credit and microcredit
Among other things, improving security so that the impetus for migration is reduced.
Revival of industrial and technology sectors.
Ensure adequate legal protection, human rights defense and safe and healthy working conditions for migrants.
Reduce their vulnerable conditions at work.
The document, provided by a senior Department of Homeland Security source, lists several factors abroad that are reportedly contributing to the increase in irregular migration to the United States. Including COVID-19, extreme weather, earthquakes and severe economic decline. All have been made worse by climate change, according to the document.
The document offers little hope for increased enforcement along the southwestern border. Emergency CDC Title 42, which allows for expedited expulsion of some migrants from the United States, is expected to cause an additional surge in migrants in a short period of time. As reported by Breitbart Texas, the program will end soon. On Friday, the CDC announced the end of the program, effective May 23, and will no longer be used as a deportation mechanism for migrants who enter the United States illegally.
The new mass migration plan does not address domestic pull factors. Several migrant deportation programs developed under the Trump administration were shut down by Biden in the early days of the White House. These programs included international agreements with Central American countries known as Asylum Cooperative Agreements (ASA). These agreements offered asylum seekers a safe third country to await the decision on their applications.
The Migrant Protection Protocols, another Trump-era policy also known as the Remain-in-Mexico program, were also shut down. Under the program, tens of thousands of migrants have had to wait in Mexico while the asylum process unfolds. Though reinstated by a federal court order, the Biden administration does not subject most migrants to the program, instead allowing many to remain in the United States to wait.
The recently released DHS Contingency plan for irregular mass migration on the southern border is likely to prove a costly solution to the expected increase in migrants at the southern border.
US combat “fundamental” aid amounts per year
2021-24 (overall projection) – $4 million
2016 – $750 million
2015 – $560 million
2014 – $260 million
President Biden has pledged to invest $4 billion during his tenure to address the root causes of migration in Central America. As of October 2021, the Biden administration has provided more than $331 million in humanitarian assistance to Central America and Mexico. As vice president in 2014, Biden oversaw previous attempts to use US taxpayer dollars to address causes. That year, Biden met with Central American leaders in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and pledged more than $260 million to help counter a wave of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the US-Mexico border and other security concerns in the region. In 2016, $750 million was sent to the region to address the root causes of migration. This amount represents a 34 percent increase over the $560 million allocated to the region in 2015.
The infusion of additional funds to the Central American Northern Triangle governments will likely find its way into the coffers of those least likely to receive it. Governments in the region have a history of corruption. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, corruption in the North Triangle results in a loss of $13 billion a year, or more than 5% of GDP.
Southwest Border Mass Irreg… by BreitbartTexas
Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Before retiring, he served as Division Chief for Law Enforcement Operations, overseeing the operations of nine border patrol stations in the Del Rio, Texas sector. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.