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The Migrant Crisis In The South Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

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In a recent interview, Panama foreign minister Erika Mouynes claims that there are more than 60,000 migrants, a vast majority of them Haitians, who are ready to head to the U.S.-Mexico border. Panama is expecting more refugees to get into their territory by treading the perilous Darién Gap jungles. This month alone, almost 27,000 immigrants crossed into Panamanian soil, breaking the numbers set in the entire 2019.

Mouynes is calling on the Biden administration to come up with a solution since this overwhelming wave of migrants will definitely attempt to enter America’s domain sooner or later. The foreign minister has already held meetings earlier this week in Washington with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and members of Congress.

“We’ve engaged with every single authority that we can think of, that we can come across, to say, ‘Please, let’s pay attention to this,'” Mouynes said.

“We all have a role to play in this issue, and the regional approach is the correct approach. It is impossible for Panama to solve it on its own,” she continued.

A vast majority of the Haitians mostly came from Colombia and then penetrated the Panamanian jungle before going to Central America and Mexico or even the United States. Mouynes also expressed her concerns for the migrants and acknowledged Panama’s short-comings in providing aid for these devastated foreigners.

“When we receive them on the Panamanian side, they’re malnourished. The children are in terrible condition, so even getting them up to a healthy state takes time,” she added.

During an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” earlier this week, former president Barack Obama urged the government to pursue a comprehensive immigration reform that would repair a system which he admits is “dysfunctional.”

“As big-hearted as he is, nobody understands that better than Joe Biden. And the question is now: Are we gonna get serious about dealing with this problem in a systemic way, as opposed to these one-offs where we’re constantly reacting to emergencies? And I think that that’s something that every American should wanna put an end to,” Obama stated.

“Immigration is tough. It always has been because, on the one hand, I think we are naturally a people that wants to help others. And we see tragedy and hardship and families that are desperately trying to get here so that their kids are safe, and they’re in some cases fleeing violence or catastrophe,” Obama added.

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