White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted President Joe Biden has not yet formalized agreements with Central American countries regarding immigration.
“Whether or not it was a formal agreement — which it was not, and I never conveyed that it was,” Psaki said. “These were steps that these countries indicated they planned to take to increase personnel and security to reduce the number of migrants coming across the border. Those are steps they’ve taken on the ground.”
As of Apr. 13, Guatemalan presidential spokeswoman Patricia Letona declared in a press release that the country had not signed any agreement to deploy more border guards.
Really interesting. Guatemala says that it has NOT signed any kind of agreement with the United States on border security, but says they “maintain their commitment to fortifying border security.”
— Aaron Reichlin-Melnick (@ReichlinMelnick) April 13, 2021
Honduras and El Salvador have also not released information regarding any new immigration agreements with the U.S. Mexico’s president has spoken with Vice President Kamala Harris by phone, but has not yet announced a new agreement.
In contrast, Tyler Moran, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration for the Domestic Policy Council, told MSNBC, “Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala have all agreed to do this. That not only is going to prevent the traffickers and the smugglers and cartels that take advantage of the kids on their way here but also to protect those children.”
The conflicting messages indicate the Biden administration’s efforts to improve the current immigration crisis is not as developed as indicated.
Biden’s changes through executive action have led to more than 300,000 illegal immigrants entering the nation since he took office less than 100 days ago. An estimated one million immigrants will enter the nation by the end of 2021.