Panama Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes has warned that as many as 60,000 migrants including mostly Haitian are poised to head towards the US-Mexico border.
Panama is expecting more migrants to cross through the dangerous jungles of the Darién Gap this month than in all of 2019, nearly 27,000, according to Panamanian government estimates provided to Axios. Mouynes is calling on the U.S. to help enforce a plan coordinated with countries in the region, saying, ultimately, “Let’s recognize that they all are heading toward the U.S.”
Mouynes expressed her frustration to Axios after spending months warning leaders across the hemisphere of the impeding Haitian wave. “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,'” Mouynes said. “Let’s recognize that they all are heading toward the US,” she said.
Reportedly, Panama is the place where the migrants from nearby countries often receive their first assistance in the forms of medical care, food and shelter. The minister was also quoted by Axios as saying, “When we receive them on the Panamanian side, they’re malnourished. The children are in terrible condition, so even getting them up to a healthy state takes time.”
Mouynes also called on the United States to cooperate with other nations in the region to enforce a strategy and deal with the migrant challenges. She has also met with US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and members of Congress in Washington on Monday and Tuesday.
Welcoming the increased support for Haitians, Mouynes said, “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.”
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