Biden and López Obrador discuss reducing irregular migration

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President Joe Biden and his Mexican counterpart Andrés Manuel López Obrador agreed in a phone call on Friday to do more to promote “fair, humane and effective efforts to reduce irregular migration” on the border between the two countries, the White House reported after their conversation. of almost an hour.

For his part, López Obrador tweeted that “we had a cordial conversation” in which “we discussed issues of interest in the bilateral relationship.”

The call also addressed the preparations for the Summit of the Americas, to be held in Los Angeles in June, and the end of the restrictions on asylum seekers that Washington implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, both leaders spoke about addressing the causes that cause migration through development initiatives in Central America and Mexico, according to a statement from the Mexican presidency. They discussed the need to guarantee safe and sustainable ways of life for their citizens and migrants, and to “expand legal pathways for migrants and refugees.”

“In light of the unprecedented flows of migrants from across the hemisphere into our two countries, the presidents reiterated the need to build stronger tools to manage regional migration outbreaks,” the White House said in a statement.

On the other hand, López Obrador asked the United States government to invite all the nations of the American continent to the summit “without excluding anyone.” The Biden administration has hinted that Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua are unlikely to be invited.

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The United States and Mexico want to accelerate development and infrastructure projects along their shared border to further strengthen North American supply chains and cross-border agricultural and commercial activity, the statement added.

The conversation between the two leaders took place at a time of international and internal tensions, since the war in Ukraine has raised inflation around the world and raised concerns about the likely shortage of oil, natural gas and food.

In addition, it was carried out when there are only a few weeks left before the United States ends on May 23 the measure that expeditiously expels asylum seekers to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That would exacerbate tensions over migration ahead of the US midterm elections, which will decide whether Democrats retain control of the House and Senate.

The administration of former President Donald Trump imposed so-called Title 42 restrictions on asylum seekers in March 2020, at a time when the pandemic was beginning to move more rapidly. Authorities at the time said the goal was to protect public health, but for supporters of immigration control it was also a way to prevent the passage of immigrants, a Trump priority.

Mexico is considered a crucial partner in managing the surge in migrants once those restrictions are lifted.

López Obrador said in his tweet that the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard, will visit Washington on Monday in order to “advance on issues of cooperation for development and on the Summit of the Americas.”

Before Friday’s meeting, López Obrador had said about her that “it is important that this communication takes place, to listen to President Biden, who has treated us with respect, just as President Trump also treated us with respect… and we have to seek a good relationship”.

AMLO ON TOUR TO CUBA AND CENTRAL AMERICA

  • The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, undertook on Thursday the 28th a five-day tour of four Central American countries and Cuba.
  • In these countries, he will discuss the development model of his government and ways to reduce the factors that drive migration.
  • It will be just the third trip abroad in more than three years for a president who often says that the best foreign policy is a good domestic policy.
  • The tour represents an opportunity for Mexico to reaffirm its leadership in Latin America and will be well received by some leaders who face pressure from the United States government and other entities for their alleged anti-democratic tendencies.

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