The The White House reported that there is an agreement with the Colombian government for the expulsion of Venezuelan migrants who were arrested for illegally crossing the border into the United States and who had previously resided in Colombia. This is known after Foreign Minister Marta Lucía Ramírez announced on Caracol Radio that “there is no agreement signed with the US to receive deported Venezuelans.”
The White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, confirmed that there is a process of repatriation to Colombia of Venezuelans“I think what we tried to do from the beginning is to make sure that Venezuelans who come from a third country could return,” the spokeswoman said.
He reiterated that andThese expulsions will be done on a routine basis by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service and “Of course that requires an agreement with the Colombian government.”
Psaki confirmed that the transfers are carried out in accordance with Title 42, however, did not respond if there is a deadline on until when the expulsion program will be implemented. He reported that the first shipment was made on January 27, and that at the moment the agreement does not have an expiration date, “I do not think that a deadline has been set that indicates until when it will be implemented,” said Psaki.
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Title 42 is a controversial policy implemented during the Trump administration that allows the immediate expulsion of undocumented migrants under the premise that pose a threat to public health and so far the Biden administration keeps it in force.
Crossings into the United States in recent months by Venezuelans have been in record numbers, according to the Customs and Border Protection Office, they were About 25,000 Venezuelans arrested in December, a significant increase compared to 206 in 2020.