Mexico and the US will have high-level dialogue on border security

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Mexico monopolizes the diplomatic agenda of the United States holding a High Level Dialogue on security next week, focused on migration and fentanyl trafficking, which will be attended by the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, as well as a White House security advisor.

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These dialogues, which will take place on October 5, are "the scaffolding for cooperation" by allowing progress to be evaluated and promoting "strategic priorities" for next year, explained a US government official who requested anonymity in a press conference. phone on Thursday. This Friday there would be a first meeting where economic cooperation issues will mainly be discussed.

The situation on the common border It is an explosive issue in the United States in the midst of the electoral campaign for the 2024 presidential elections. Especially for Democratic President Joe Biden, who aspires to re-election in these elections in which he could have his predecessor, the Republican Donald Trump, as a rival. And also for Mexico, which next year elects the successor of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Both countries are trying to coordinate to manage the crisis with agreements like the one made a few days ago, by which Mexico will deport migrants from their border cities to their countries of origin. The number of migrants at the border is increasing. Last August, the United States intercepted more than 180,000 between ports of entry without the necessary documentation to enter.

The border also sparks heated debates over fentanyl traffickingthe opioid that killed tens of thousands of people in the United States in 2022. It is manufactured by Mexican drug cartels, according to the Biden government, which is trying to stop it with a battery of measures.

Republicans accuse Mexico of not doing enough and some are calling for the cartels to be declared terrorist organizations so they can be fought wherever they are, even in Mexican territory. One of the supporters of this is Trump himself, favorite to represent the Republican party in the 2024 elections. The second in the polls, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also promises to "use the armed forces" against the Mexican cartels if he is elected. chosen one.

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