UPDATED 11:48 AM PT – Saturday, October 2, 2021
A new wave of migrants, mostly Haitians, are headed to the U.S. from Panama. In a recent interview, Panama’s Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes warned that as many as 60,000 migrants are headed north to the U.S.-Mexico border.
After meeting with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas earlier this week, the foreign minister said she’s spoken with every authority possible, saying “please, let’s pay attention to this.” She added the Biden administration repeatedly ignored her warnings for months. She pointed to her last plea for help, when she informed the administration of the last wave of migrants that ended up in Texas earlier this month.
“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,” said Mouynes who called upon the administration to work with other countries in order to come up with a plan to combat the issue.
“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 said.
Reports said more than 85,000 migrants have passed through Panama on their way to the U.S. since January.
Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has stressed the crisis at the border is due to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ refusal to enforce the law. He said they’ve “essentially said anyone who wants to come to America, they’re gonna resettle them, they’re gonna give them benefits, they’re gonna let ’em stay, and it’s resulting in a public health crisis and a humanitarian crisis.”