President Jo Biden is preparing to finalize a first-of-its-kind agreement with Spain to repatriate Western Hemisphere refugees continuing into the US, a Wednesday night report revealed.
The promise from Spain is linked to Canada significantly expanding its refugee deployment in the region, according to an internal planning document reviewed by Axios – and could help the US to deal with the prevailing migrant crisis on the southern border.
Both agreements appear to be linked and dependent on bringing in migrants for work in both Spain and Canada.
The commitments are expected to be announced at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California new week, which is being held in the US for the first time since 1994.
Agreements with Spain and Canada could give Biden and, in turn, the Democratic Party a political impetus for the 2022 mid-term elections in which the border crisis and national security have taken a prime seat.
While the deal with the two nations is promising, one Canadian government official told Axios: ‘Conversations are still ongoing and no decisions have been made regarding specific obligations on migration at the summit of new week.’
The number of refugees that would be resettled in Spain would be ‘modest’, the document details, adding it would be ‘symbolically important’.
The deal is meant to help the US because it deals with hundreds of thousands of migrants entering the southern border of Mexico illegally and is aimed at helping with labor shortages in Spain and placing migrants in jobs in Canada . Image: Immigrants pray after crossing the border into Yuma, Arizona on May 23, 2022
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials made 234,088 stops at the Mexican border in April, a new high for the Biden administration and a general height of 22 years and an increase of 5.8% from the 221,303 meetings in March
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said the deal ‘only symbolizes real action to end the border crisis’ and is not enough to address the real reasons for the migration flight.
“It would do absolutely nothing to address the root cause of the crisis – its deliberate arming of asylum seekers and their persistent refusal to follow ordinary law,” FAIR’s Government Relations Manager Preston Huennekens told DailyMail.com.
“If the Biden administration thinks they can continue to hit the bush by offering Potemkin Village solutions to a problem they refuse to address immediately, they have missed their bot,” he added.
“The American people have had enough of their border being raided and cannot be easily deceived.”
Spain, which is experiencing a huge labor shortage stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to agree to double or double the number of temporary workers from Central America it accepts in the employment-based migration program .
Canada plans to announce new ‘recruitment and promotion’ efforts to bring Haitians to the North American country for work. A recent report shows that the Department of Homeland Security intelligence is tracking 10,000 Haitians waiting just south of the U.S. border in preparation for crossing.
It comes after a group of 10,000 Haitian migrants set up a makeshift campsite under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, in September, which was eventually removed but paid more attention to the crisis facing asylum seekers.
Canada is also expected to announce a new target of accepting 5,000 refugees over several years of the Western Hemisphere, which is a minuscule amount compared to the hundreds of thousands who have visited the US in the past year to cross over.
Despite its modest goal, this would still be a massive increase for Canada, which between January 2015 and March 2022 accepted less than 1,500 migrants from the Western Hemisphere.
Canada plans to announce new ‘recruitment and promotion’ efforts to bring Haitians to work there, as more than 12,000 of the island’s wait to enter the US south of the border
April saw a 20-year high in illegal immigration to the US with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountering 234,088 migrants attempting to cross the southern border of Mexico. It was an increase from the record high the month before where 222,144 meetings are on record for March.
These figures are only expected to increase during the summer months, when temperatures become so high that the dangerous journey becomes even more deadly for those seeking asylum in the US
The Summit of Americas, which Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will attend next week, is full of threats of boycotts after reports that the administration would not allow the authoritarian leaders from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua to participate.
Migration issues will certainly be a focus of America’s ninth ever summit, which takes place every three to four years since the first one under then-President Bill Clinton in Miami, Florida in 1994.
Similar to the US plan to offshore migrants to Spain and Canada, the United Kingdom also sends immigrants arriving there to Rwanda.
But Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Dominic Raab admitted last month that the number deported to Rwanda is likely to be only in the ‘hundreds’ each year compared to the tens of thousands of Prime Minister Boris Johnson said could be sent.
Raab said he “managed expectations” regarding the plan to give illegal immigrants to the UK a one-way ticket to Rwanda.
“I would have thought it was more likely in the hundreds,” Raab told BBC Radio 4’s Today program.
The five-year deal announced by Johnson last month will cost UK taxpayers £ 120 million, which comes to about $ 150.5 million.
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