After showing no concern whatsoever about the massive migrant influx that has been overwhelming the southern border since he took office, President Joe Biden’s administration has now taken the curious step of asking Mexico to impose more stringent entry rules for Venezuelans, as Reuters reports, in a move sure to cause outrage among fellow open-borders Democrats.
The outlet noted that, according to three government officials familiar with the situation, Mexico is indeed considering taking such actions, as there has been a marked increase in arrests at the border of Venezuelans attempting to leave their home country.
At the present time, Mexico does not require Venezuelans to have visas in order to enter, but with apprehensions at the U.S. southern border of individuals from that nation continuing to escalate, Mexican officials are weighing whether to put new entry criteria in place, and that change could occur in the near future.
The Daily Caller reported that the policy adjustments under consideration include reviewing the employment records of Venezuelans seeking entry to ensure their financial solvency and requiring them to possess a return plane ticket home
Washington has reportedly been attempting to persuade Mexico to make visas mandatory for entry into that country amid complaints from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about the high volume of Venezuelans making their way north, a concern confirmed earlier this month by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), according to the Washington Examiner.
Specifically, the Reuters report cited U.S. government data showing that border encounters with Venezuelans have risen to nearly 48,000 through September of this year from a total of just 1,262 tallied across the prior 12-month span.
Reuters asked a spokesperson from the State Department whether the administration was in fact requesting this type of assistance from Mexico and was told simply that there was a “collaborative, regional approach” being taken to address root causes of higher than normal migration.
“The United States appreciates Mexico’s efforts that contribute to safe, orderly, and human processes for migrants at and within its borders,” the State Department spokesperson stated.
As immigration attorney Rosanna Berardi told the Examiner, while it is certainly true that economic and political instability in Venezuela have contributed to the crisis, “a lot of this is the election of Joe Biden. Many people, many countries have felt that our immigration laws were going to get lax,” and given the untenable influx of arrivals seen throughout 2021, hers is an assessment that is difficult to dispute.