Mayorkas Says Deterrents Alone Will Not Fix Migration Problems

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( – On April 21, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claimed that deterrents are not enough to curb the waves of migration in the South.

While speaking with CBS’s Margaret Brennan at a Council on Foreign Relations function, Mayorkas claimed that “deterrents alone” would not be enough to solve the migration problem caused by the people entering the United States through the southern border. He added that this migration situation “is gripping the entire hemisphere.”

He proceeded to say that the wave of migration is largely driven by desperation, and added that there is a great urgency that parents have to feel in order to be “willing to send their child” to travel between nations alongside smugglers and face the challenges at the US’s Southern border. He added that because of this desperation, any deterrents are not going to be enough to mitigate the situation “alone.”

These comments came shortly after Biden officials debated the possibility of family detention being reinstated. According to The Hill, this policy was greatly criticized and was replaced by other policies that provided the option for families seeking asylum to wait for their immigration case without having to stay in detention centers.

Mayorkas also claimed that the country had to create better legal pathways for people who want to migrate to the U.S. to be able to do it recently. The outlet notes that this is a reference to the recently created program which allows migrants from a number of countries to fill out applications for entry to the US before reaching the border so long as they can find a sponsor.

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