Panama Warns Biden Administration: 85,000 Haitian Migrants On Their Way To U.S.

by Bernard P. Lawson, The Chicago Times

September 30, 2021

Erika Mouynes – Foreign Minister, Panama

PANAMA CITY — Nearly 30,000 Haitian migrants have already crossed the US-Mexico border in recent weeks, but Panama’s foreign minister says far more are on their way.

In a new interview with Axios, Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes stated that more than 85,000 Haitians have crossed through Panama since the beginning of 2021, and that she believes “they all are heading toward the U.S. . . . We’ve engaged with every single authority that we can think of, that we can come across, to say, ‘Please, let’s pay attention to this,'” Mouynes told the Axios.

The Haitians have been arriving from Colombia, passing through the dangerous Darién Gap jungles into Panama before continuing north through Central America and Mexico to the United States.  Mouynes stated that senior officials from South American countries, Mexico, Canada, and the United States met in August to discuss the issue, and she found it “shocking” that this had not happened sooner.

Earlier this week, Mouynes said she met with members of Congress as well as DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Mouynes told Axios that she wants to see more meetings between the United States and other countries to work out plans to better control the volume of people crossing their borders.

She stated that in order to get to the bottom of the problem, Haiti must be involved as well.

On Sunday, Mayorkas told admitted that the majority of migrants who had entered the U.S. had been released.  Mayorkas said that up to 12,000 had been released until their “court date”, with 3,000 still in detention and 5,000 still waiting for their cases to be “processed”.  

There seems to be no end to the southern border crisis as wave upon wave of migrants enter the United States illegally.  Many on both sides of the aisle in Congress have concerns about the dangers of terrorist being able to cross the border without detection.

Bernard P. Lawson, National Political Reporter/Columnist for The Chicago Times.  Views and comments expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the official position of The Chicago Times.