Biden to Unveil Regional Migration Plan as Challenges regarding Immigration Mount

By Carmen Sesin

"The incentive for people to remain in their home country is going to be difficult," said AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth to NBC.

President Joe Biden on Friday will announce the “Los Angeles Declaration on Migration" along with regional leaders on the last day of the U.S.-hosted Summit of the Americas, in an attempt to address the challenges many countries in the hemisphere are facing with increased migration.

The declaration is a regional partnership to address historic migration flows affecting most countries in the region, a senior administration official said during a news briefing Thursday. It asks governments along the migratory route to establish and strengthen asylum processing. It also asks them to enforce their borders by conducting screenings and removing migrants who don't qualify for asylum. […]

“Consistency matters, messaging matters,” said Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the Americas think tank and a former State Department official.

“Unless you have massive job creation in the formal economy, the incentive for people to remain in their home country is going to be difficult," he said.

“It’s not going to be solved in the summit in Los Angeles. Hopefully, we can make some progress and we can create a dialogue around these issues that’s respectful," Farnsworth said. "But obviously, everything becomes politicized in the United States right away and it becomes very difficult to deal with. So it’s not easy. And I applaud the administration for looking for ways to deal with this.”…

Read the full article.