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Blinken Heads South

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas traveled to Mexico City yesterday, meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador over a record number of migrants flowing through Mexico toward the US border.

Border officials have recorded more than 240,000 migrant encounters in both October and November (see stats)—a pace surpassing the post-pandemic surge of the past three years and well above peaks in the '80s and '90s, which averaged around 130,000 encounters per month. Only about a quarter are Mexican nationals, and just over half are listed as single adults.  

The talks come as a migrant caravan set out Sunday, traveling north from southern Mexico. Estimated around 8,000 people—said to include migrants from 24 different countries—the group is roughly equal to 3% of last month's total border encounters.

Many of those arriving will apply for asylum in the US. While only a fraction of applications are approved, the backlog of cases has approached 2 million. Read about the process here.

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