After discussions with Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and other high-ranking officials, Homeland Security adviser Liz Sherwood-Randall has announced a five-point plan outlining new immigration policies aimed at deterring illegal border crossings and creating alternative pathways for migrants, in anticipation of a potential rise in migration following the lifting of pandemic restrictions next week.

As part of the agreement, Mexico will continue to receive migrants from Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba, and Nicaragua who are denied entry at the border. Additionally, individuals from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, who have family in the United States, will have the opportunity to live and work there, with an allocation of up to 100,000 slots.

Despite sharing a lengthy 1,951-mile border with the United States, Mexico was notably absent during the recent introduction of new initiatives, including the establishment of migrant processing centers outside the US. These centers will enable migrants to apply for legal settlement in the US, Spain, or Canada. The initial centers are set to open in Guatemala and Colombia.