Mexican President: Joe Biden’s Asylum Policies 'Encouraging' Human Trafficking
'They see him as the migrant president,' Mexico's leader warned
Mexico’s liberal President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has warned that Joe Biden's asylum policies are "enriching cartels" and the business of human trafficking.
“They see him as the migrant president, and so many feel they’re going to reach the United States,” Lopez Obrador said.
“We need to work together to regulate the flow, because this business can’t be tackled from one day to the next,” Obrador added.
The number of illegal crossings has exploded since October 2020.
According to data from the CBP, the number of encounters at the southwest border between October 2020 and January was 296,259, an 79.6 percent increase from 164,932 for the same period last year.
Mexico has called on Biden to provide development aid to Central American countries to curb the influx of migrants.
A Mexican official told Reuters that Mexico saw a shift in activity by criminal groups “from the day Biden took office.”
The officals said cartels now have “unprecedented” levels of sophistication in their operations.
“Migrants have become a commodity,” they added.
“But if a packet of drugs is lost in the sea, it’s gone. If migrants are lost, it’s human beings we’re talking about.”
Mexico views Biden’s policies as ones that will “incentivize migration,” Reuters reported.
Last week, an Arizona sheriff also warned that Biden's anti-Trump immigration policies had left the border "wide open for cartels," putting Americans in danger.
Sheriff Mark Dannels of Cochise County, Arizona, spoke out against Biden's decision to halt the construction of President Donald Trump's border wall.
Dannels slammed Biden's policies, saying he has created a "crime scene" at the U.S.-Mexico border.
While speaking with Fox News, Sheriff Dannels shared photos of the troubling border security gaps.
"When President Biden rescinded the emergency order on the southwest border, it stopped resources and stopped construction on our border," the sheriff told "Fox & Friends" on Friday.
"As a result of that one area where the fence is not complete, we get five or six groups a day coming across there."
"This administration owns this decision," he added.
"And what it’s doing is, is forcing us back to 2019, when we had the largest, what I call, crime scene in the country to include the largest humanitarian situation going on."