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Mon Nov 20, 2023, 03:15 PM Nov 2023

Biden plans to deploy immigration officers to Panama to help screen and deport U.S.-bound migrants, officials say

Source: CBS News

November 20, 2023 / 8:00 AM EST

McAllen, Texas — The Biden administration is planning to deploy a team of U.S. immigration officials to Panama to help local authorities screen and deport migrants traveling through the Central American country, which is a key transit point for those hoping to reach America's southern border, two U.S. officials with knowledge of the plans told CBS News.

The Department of Homeland Security has identified a team of officials with experience screening asylum-seekers and deporting migrants that will be dispatched to Panama once a final agreement is reached with that country's government, which asked for the assistance, the U.S. government officials said, requesting anonymity in order to discuss internal plans.

The objective is to have personnel from various DHS agencies, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Immigration and Customs Enforcement train and assist Panamanian authorities as they grapple with an extraordinary flow of migrants into the Darién Gap, a rugged jungle that connects Panama with South America.

Nearly 500,000 migrants, half of them women and children, have crossed the once-impenetrable Darién jungle on foot this year, a record and once-unthinkable number, according to Panamanian government data. The vast majority of migrants have come from Venezuela, which has seen millions of its citizens flee in recent years to escape a widespread economic crisis and authoritarian rule.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/biden-immigration-officials-panama-migrant-screening-darien-gap/

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Biden plans to deploy immigration officers to Panama to help screen and deport U.S.-bound migrants, officials say (Original Post) BumRushDaShow Nov 2023 OP
I think that is a great idea. That way people don't walk for weeks just to be turned away Maraya1969 Nov 2023 #1
A half million across the Darien Gap maxsolomon Nov 2023 #2
Not sure, but it could be that Mr.Bill Nov 2023 #3
Probablemente maxsolomon Nov 2023 #4
There's probably already Mr.Bill Nov 2023 #5
Good luck with that. Looks as if there are a number of ways to get through the 50 mi wide Darien Gap. ancianita Nov 2023 #6


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3. Not sure, but it could be that
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 07:23 PM
Nov 2023

that Columbia, which is the southern end of the Darien Gap isn't as eager to cooperate with the effort as Panama is.


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4. Probablemente
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 07:27 PM
Nov 2023

Lots of Venezuelans already in Colombia - make sense they'd prefer them in Panama, but it's a really tough hike and dangerous. It's got to be tearing up the landscape, too.

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