U.S., Panama, and Colombia Launch Campaign to Halt Darien Gap Migration

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The U.S., Panama, and Colombia have announced a two-month coordinated campaign to stop illegal migration through the treacherous Darien Gap. The governments’ aim to reduce poverty and create jobs in the Colombian and Panamanian border communities, invest in new lawful and flexible pathways for tens of thousands of migrants and refugees, and disrupt transnational criminal organizations. In the first three months of this year, almost 90,000 migrants crossed the Darien Gap, up from nearly 14,000 the previous year. The Biden administration hopes to prevent another surge of irregular migration as Title 42, a pandemic-related rule that suspended rights to seek asylum, is set to expire next month.