Blinken, Mexican President To Meet Amid Illegal Immigration Surge

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will soon meet with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to discuss the surge in illegal immigration as 8,000 more unlawful migrants head to the U.S. border.

The large caravan of illegal immigrants began their journey to the southern border on Dec. 24, 2023, walking from Tapachula, a city near the Mexican-Guatemalan border, to Alvaro Obregón, according to the New York Post.

If the massive group of illegal immigrants is successful in reaching the U.S., the burden of illegal immigration will be exacerbated, adding to the already 10,000 individuals that illegally cross the southern border daily.

The BBC reported that the bulk of the unlawful migrants are from Cuba, Venezuela, El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras, with some coming from Bangladesh as well as India.

An open-borders enthusiast, Luis García Villagrán, said that the caravan is fleeing Tapachula because the city is overcrowded.

A Mexican newspaper called the Diario del Sur, indicated that roughly 100,000 illegal immigrants are awaiting travel to the U.S. in Tapachula.

“The problem is that the southern border [with Guatemala] is open and 800 to 1,000 people are crossing it daily. If we don’t get out of Tapachula, the town will collapse,” Villagrán said. “We tell the Mexican state that it has left us no other option but to take the coastal highway and walk as far as we can get.”

Villagrán said that the caravan of an estimated 8,000 people could grow by 15,000 in the forthcoming days.

Blinken previously discussed the illegal immigration crisis on Dec. 27, 2023, with López Obrador by phone and will soon meet with the Mexican president to converse about the surge in illegal immigration.

During the North American Leaders’ Summit in Mexico City in January 2023, López Obrador praised President Joe Biden, saying, “President Biden, you are the first president of the United States in a very long time that has not built not even one meter of wall, and … we thank you for that, sir.”

The Mexican president pointed out that “some may not like” Biden’s refusal to protect Americans by securing the border, particularly “the conservatives.”