MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden dispatched U.S. envoys to Mexico and Guatemala on Monday for migration talks as he struggles to contain a burgeoning humanitarian challenge along the southwest U.S. border with Mexico.
White House border coordinator Roberta Jacobson will travel to Mexico for talks with Mexican officials aimed at developing “an effective and humane plan of action to manage migration,” White House spokeswoman Emily Horne said.
The visit was also announced by Mexico’s foreign ministry, which said the talks would take place on Tuesday.
Jacobson will be joined by Juan Gonzalez, the National Security Council’s senior director for the Western Hemisphere, and Ricardo Zuniga, just appointed by the State Department as the Northern Triangle special envoy.
Zuniga is a Honduran-born U.S. career diplomat, a Cuba specialist, and was top Latin America adviser to then-President Barack Obama.
Gonzalez will continue to Guatemala to meet Guatemalan officials, as well as representatives from civil society and non-government organizations.