Panamanian Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes warned on Tuesday that the migration crisis at the #US border could worsen.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, around 65,000 migrants would have crossed Panama bound for the United State
The Foreign Minister of Panama, Erika Mouynes, warned on Tuesday that the migration crisis on the southern border of the United States could worsen. This is due to the fact that around 65,000 migrants would go to the United States, after having crossed Panamanian soil.
“This is the beginning of something,” declared the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama. “We have been sounding the alarm for months about this and what we can say now is that by the numbers we see (immigration) is going to increase,” he said.
During the last time, Moynes has met with United States authorities to discuss the serious immigration situation in the area. A few days ago, a new wave of immigrants, mainly Haitians , arrived at the border between Del Río (#Texas) and Ciudad Acuña (Mexico).
Faced with this, the head of Panamanian diplomacy indicated that “it cannot be to Del Rio out of nowhere that 10,000 migrants arrive.” He also argued that “no one” is prepared to receive mass migration.
Mouynes’s estimates are really worrying. Since last January, more than 86,000 migrants have crossed Panama, while about 20,000 remain at the US-Mexico border. According to the Chancellor’s calculations, this would imply that “there are more than 65,000 who are on their way” to the United States.
On the other hand, the representative of the Central American country recalled that on the border with Colombia there are between 20,000 and 30,000 more people waiting to resume the route. «The decision not to act or not to face it, not to face it, is not the correct one. It cannot be an option. You have to get involved now, “he said.
For the Panamanian leader, the response to this crisis must involve all surrounding countries, especially the United States. That is why he called for a joint solution to the strong migratory flow that plagues the region. “The shared solution is for this migratory wave that involves migrants of African, Caribbean, Cuban, Haitian nationality, from other places,” said the official. He also stressed the importance of implementing “approved protocols” to meet the needs of these people.
Mouynes also emphasized the situation in Haiti , calling on the rest of the countries to “get directly involved.” According to the Chancellor, it is a “everyone’s problem” that urges “international coordination” to help him “face the humanitarian and political crisis he is experiencing.”
María José Olea Álvarez – Panam Post