SAN FRANCISCO/MEXICO CITY, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Mexico is contemplating setting harder entry necessities for Venezuelans, partly in response to U.S. requests, after a pointy rise in border arrests of Venezuelans fleeing their homeland, in keeping with three folks aware of the matter.
At present, Venezuelans don’t want a visa to enter Mexico as vacationers. However as apprehensions of Venezuelan migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border soar, Mexico is making their entry topic to sure standards, a Mexican official aware of the federal government’s inner discussions mentioned.
New entry guidelines may very well be utilized quickly, the official mentioned.
A second Mexican authorities supply mentioned Mexico was reviewing its choices, and holding discussions with Venezuela to discover options to imposing visa necessities.
A 3rd particular person aware of Mexican-U.S. talks mentioned Washington is urging Mexico to impose visa restrictions on Venezuelans, noting that U.S. Customs and Border Safety (CBP) has been complaining concerning the improve in Venezuelans.
Choices underneath overview embody making Venezuelans present they’re economically solvent and in employment, and have a return aircraft ticket after they enter with the intention to guarantee they aren’t utilizing Mexico to enter the US, the primary supply mentioned.
A U.S. State Division spokesperson mentioned Washington was working with Mexico to deal with root causes of irregular migration in a “collaborative, regional strategy” when requested by Reuters whether or not the Biden administration was urgent Mexico to tighten entry necessities for Venezuelans.
“The USA appreciates Mexico’s efforts that contribute to protected, orderly, and humane processes for migrants at and inside its borders,” the spokesperson mentioned.
The White Home, the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety (DHS), and CBP didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Neither Mexico’s overseas ministry nor Venezuela’s Info Ministry replied to a request for remark.
The discussions come as encounters of Venezuelans on the U.S.-Mexico border have leapt to 47,762 within the 12 months by way of September from simply 1,262 in the course of the earlier 12-month interval, in keeping with U.S. authorities information.
In September, Mexico suspended visa exemptions for Ecuadorians for six months following a steep improve within the nation’s nationals attempting to cross the U.S. border.
Whole apprehensions of migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border have hit report ranges this 12 months. That has put stress on U.S. President Joe Biden forward of congressional elections subsequent November, with many citizens in Texas border cities upset and Republicans accusing his administration of pursuing an “open border” coverage.
One of many Mexican sources mentioned Washington had lobbied Mexico to sluggish arrivals from Venezuela, however that Mexico additionally needed to verify folks weren’t coming into on false pretenses.
A fourth supply, in U.S. authorities, mentioned efforts to foyer Mexico to tighten entry necessities from OPEC member Venezuela had elevated since Venezuelan arrivals jumped this summer time, and that requests for cooperation had been made informally by diplomats and the DHS. The supply mentioned Washington was not leaning laborious on Mexico.
Tighter entry guidelines might critically have an effect on migration plans of many Venezuelans, who pay smuggling networks to assist them escape financial devastation underneath President Nicolas Maduro, who has presided over a extreme monetary meltdown amid heavy U.S. sanctions. Lots of the Venezuelans depart with little cash.
Venezuelans arriving from elsewhere in Latin America like Colombia or Chile, the place they usually work for just a few years to save lots of in laborious forex earlier than heading north, would possible be much less uncovered to necessities centering on their solvency.
The U.S. authorities supply mentioned Biden’s aides might elevate the Venezuelan migrant problem with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s delegation when he visits Washington subsequent week for a U.S.-Mexico-Canada summit.
Reuters reported in October that the Biden administration needed Mexico to impose visa requirements on Brazilians to complicate their path to the U.S. border.
Reporting by Alexandra Ulmer in San Francisco, Dave Graham in Mexico Metropolis and Matt Spetalnick in Washington
Extra reporting by Kristina Cooke in San Francisco, Mica Rosenberg in New York, Vivian Sequera in Caracas and Ana Isabel Martinez in Mexico Metropolis
Enhancing by Rosalba O’Brien
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