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Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday warned Haitian migrants in Mexico that they would not succeed in making it to the United States, calling the journey "profoundly dangerous," Reuters reports.

Driving the news: "The journey is profoundly dangerous and it will not succeed," Blinken said at a news conference in Mexico's capital, per Reuters.

  • Blinken met with officials in Mexico to unveil a joint security plan and forge connections with the bordering country amid an influx of Haitian migrants passing through Mexico to the U.S.
  • Blinken said U.S. and Mexican officials are in "close contact" over the surge of Haitian migrants at the border.
  • Mexico Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said many Haitian migrants who traveled from South America to the border had been misled into thinking they could obtain legal residency in the U.S., per Reuters.
  • "If 15,000 people come from Haiti, they want to work, they want to be here, it's not a problem for Mexico," Ebrard said.

The big picture: Blinken's meeting with Mexican officials comes after thousands of Haitian migrants sought refuge in Del Rio, Texas — many of whom were fleeing extreme poverty, disaster and political unrest.

Go deeper: Senate Dems express "outrage over the cruel treatment" of Haitian migrants

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Blinken: "This is manifestly not Saigon" all over again in Afghanistan

As video emerged on Sunday of military helicopters landing near the U.S. embassy in Kabul to rapidly evacuate U.S. personnel, Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured: "This is manifestly not Saigon."

Driving the news: Blinken made the rounds on the Sunday shows to defend President Biden's resolute withdrawal of the U.S. military as Kabul nears complete surrender to the Taliban.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell (left) during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to block Texas abortion ban

Abortion rights activists rally at the Texas State Capitol on Sept. 11 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block Texas' near-total ban on abortions while federal courts consider its constitutionality.

The big picture: The court last month allowed the ban to take effect, rejecting an emergency application by abortion-rights groups. The law bars the procedure after cardiac activity is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

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