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Report: Biden Presidency Stirs Worry in Mexico as Lax Immigration Policies Lead to Explosion in Gang Activity

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Mexico is worried that the Biden administration’s asylum policies are creating a business for organized crime and illegal immigration, according to official and internal assessments reportedly reviewed by Reuters.

Detentions at the border have surged since President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20 and Mexico has urged the new U.S. president to help stem the flow of migrants by providing aid to Central America, according to Reuters.

The outlet reported in a separate article that border agents detained nearly 100,000 migrants at the border in February.

February’s total represented an increase from the 78,000 detained in January and the highest monthly number since June 2019.

“They see him as the migrant president, and so many feel they’re going to reach the United States,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said following a March 1 meeting with Biden, Reuters reported.

“We need to work together to regulate the flow, because this business can’t be tackled from one day to the next.”

The internal assessments allegedly warn that the new administration’s policies will “incentivize migration” as gangs look to diversify methods of smuggling and winning clients.

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