- President Joe Biden and other leaders closed a migration pact at the Summit of the Americas.
- This Friday they will present a roadmap for countries that receive many migrants and refugees.
- The “Los Angeles Declaration” is perhaps the greatest achievement of the Summit of the Americas.
US President Joe Biden and other Western Hemisphere leaders will present what is billed as a road map for countries receiving large numbers of migrants and refugees on Friday, reported The Associated Press.
The “Los Angeles Declaration” is perhaps the greatest achievement of the Summit of the Americas, which has been undermined by the differences that aroused the list of leaders invited by Biden. The delegations from Mexico and several Central American nations were led by their main diplomatic representatives after the refusal of their leaders to participate in an event from which Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela were excluded.
Biden and leaders agree on immigration pact
Among the principles to be announced on the last day of the summit are legal pathways to enter countries, aid to communities most affected by migration, humane border management and coordinated emergency responses, according to a senior US official who briefed reporters ahead of the official announcement.
It’s a model already largely followed by Colombia and Ecuador, whose conservative leaders received a warm welcome at the summit for hosting much of the six million people who have fled Venezuela in recent years. Filed As: migration pact.
What will the US do?
The United States has been the most popular destination for asylum seekers since 2017, posing significant challenges for Biden and his two immediate predecessors, Donald Trump and Barack Obama.
But Washington is not alone in this: Colombia and its neighbors are home to the millions of Venezuelans who left their country. Mexico received more than 130,000 asylum applications last year, many Haitians, triple the number in 2020. Many Nicaraguans flee to Costa Rica and displaced Venezuelans make up almost a sixth of the population of tiny Aruba. Filed As: migration pact.
Millions of immigrants receive benefits
President Guillermo Lasso of Ecuador announced last week the temporary status of Venezuelans in his country, estimated at around 500,000. He said in a panel discussion Tuesday that his country was repaying the generosity of Spain and the United States by taking in large numbers of Ecuadorians who fled more than two decades ago.
For his part, Colombian President Iván Duque received standing ovations at an appearance on Thursday for describing how his government has granted temporary status to 1 million Venezuelans in the last 14 months and is processing another 800,000 applications. “We did it out of conviction,” Duque told The Associated Press, saying that he could not be indifferent to Venezuelans who lost their homes and livelihoods and that he was prepared to suffer in approval ratings. Filed As: migration pact.
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