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The US may start sending Latin American migrants to Europe

By Vaseline May31,2024
The US may start sending Latin American migrants to Europe

Arrangements have been made with Spain and Canada to take some migrants, while one source said Greece and Italy were likely to take “around 500 or fewer” migrants each.

  • The US may start sending Latin American migrants to Europe
    A woman carries her child after crossing the Rio Grande and entering the U.S. from Mexico to be processed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, in Eagle Pass, Texas. (AP)

Migrants could be sent to EU countries if they seek asylum at US outposts in Latin America CBS News, citing anonymous sources and documents from the US Department of Homeland Security.

Since last year, the US has established Safe Mobility Offices (SMO) in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Guatemala to reduce illegal border crossings by allowing people to legally apply for immigration.

Documents show that agreements have been made with Spain and Canada to take in some migrants, a source says CBS that, although not yet announced, Greece and Italy are likely to take in “approximately 500 or fewer” migrants each.

A State Department spokesperson said that “we are in diplomatic discussions with other countries about participating in this initiative to expand legal options for resettlement, but we have no additional information to share at this time.”

The State Department believes that the SMOs have “enabled a sixfold increase in the number of refugees resettled from the Western Hemisphere.”

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Prosecution evidence

CBS further cited U.S. government documents showing that “approximately 10,000 migrants” have been processed through the Refugee Admissions Program, which required them to provide proof that they escaped persecution because of political views, religion or “other factors.”

The SMO office in Guatemala processes only requests from Guatemalans, while Nicaraguans and Venezuelans file applications in Costa Rica, the Colombian office processes claims from Cubans, Haitians, and Venezuelans, and the SMO in Ecuador processes requests from Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans, and Colombians .

It can be expected that migrants sent from the US to Italy or Greece, known as ‘frontline countries’, could end up in other EU countries, especially after the latest EU reforms – prompted by the significant influx of migrants since 2015 from regions such as Syria and Afghanistan – aim to strengthen border controls and share responsibility for migrants across all EU Member States.

The reforms, narrowly passed ahead of EU elections that could mark a shift to the right, will be implemented in 2026 and include the creation of new border centers to process asylum claims and faster deportations of those who do not qualify.

Moreover, EU countries must either accept asylum seekers from ‘frontline’ countries such as Italy and Greece, or contribute financially to those countries.

A wave of illegal border crossings in recent months has once again made migration a major talking point in the US presidential election campaign, with Republicans wanting to blame the record high numbers entirely on Democratic President Joe Biden.

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