Panama exasperated with Biden, says warnings of Haitian surge went unheeded, thousands more on the way

Panama’s Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes is reportedly frustrated with the Biden administration’s unpreparedness over the Haitian border surge and is warning thousands more are on their way.

Mouynes spoke to Axios, during an interview, and said she had been sending warnings for months. Over 85,000 Haitians have already traveled through Panama this year, according to Axios, and a new rush of approximately 60,000 Haitian migrants is currently believed to be making the trek to the U.S.

In addition, there are a reported 25,000- 30,000 migrants looming in Colombia since Panama cannot accommodate them.

Mouynes expressed frustration with the Biden administration over its apparent surprise by the surge, saying they had “sounded the alarm when we should have,” according to Axios.

She pleaded that “we all have a role to play in this issue, and the regional approach is the correct approach” because “it is impossible for Panama to solve it on its own.” Mouynes said Panama has also exhausted their authority trying to deal with the humanitarian issue, saying that people who arrive are malnourished and children are in dire conditions.

“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 told Axios.

Mouynes is calling on the Biden administration to work with other countries to stem the tide of migrants. “Let’s recognize that they all are heading toward the U.S.,” she said.

Mouynes also met with Biden’s DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and other members of Congress, stating that she hopes more meetings can happen to solve the migrant problem.

One of Mayorkas’ big updates reported up to 12,000 migrants were already released into the United States as they await a court date, 5,000 are waiting in processing, and 3,000 lie in detention.

Mayorkas and Vice President Kamala Harris have been heavily criticized by Republicans for allowing the humanitarian crisis at the border to grow.

Griff Jenkins, a Fox News correspondent, shared the following video showing a purported Haitian surge at the border of Guatemala and Mexico:

Jenkins wrote on the Twitter post: “Local authorities say 800 migrants – mostly Haitian – are illegally crossing the Suchiate river btwn Guatemala and Mexico daily – the cost? 30 pesos or $1.50.

Just last month it was reported that Migrant encounters at U.S.-Mexico border are at a 21-year high. The story by Pew Research provided some startling statistics that have accumulated during Joe Biden’s presidency.

The month of July recorded 199,777 migrant encounters at the U.S.- Mexico border, as stated by the U.S. Border Patrol. This was the largest number of encounters since April of 2020 in which the number of migrant encounters reached only 16,182.

As the border surge takes the news by storm, it was Gov. Ron DeSantis who swooped in with a major announcement that the state of Florida will sue the Biden administration over their border policies.

The lawsuit, filed by Florida Attorney General Ashley Mood, claimed that Biden’s catch-and-release policy could be a violation of federal immigration law, abuse of power, and downright illegal. It further stated that Biden’s policies will cause Florida to rack up millions of dollars in unexpected expenses if migrants are constantly released into the state and they have to pay for them.


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