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In an effort to address the ongoing increase of migrants towards the United States, President Joe Biden has sought collaboration from Mexico, as reported by three US officials. Biden’s reliance on Mexican assistance has escalated, as previous measures implemented by his administration have only had temporary effects on immigration figures.
In December, top US officials, including Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to discuss the growing concern. However, these preliminary talks did not result in firm commitments from either party.
López Obrador, in a recent press conference, proposed a plan that would involve a $20 billion investment in Latin American and Caribbean countries, the lifting of the US blockade on Cuba, the removal of sanctions against Venezuela, and subsidies for at least 10 million Hispanics in the United States. These proposals pose significant challenges for the Biden administration.
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In response to these demands, a senior US government official told NBC News that Andrés Manuel has “a very ambitious agenda,” acknowledging that some of the requests would require action from Congress. Although both parties share the vision of improving the region, collaboration seems to depend on the ability to meet mutual expectations.
Talks between the United States and Mexico are expected to continue in Washington later this month, highlighting Mexico’s relevant influence in the negotiations. On Capitol Hill, bipartisan negotiations on border security measures have progressed slowly, while Biden’s new asylum policies have not deterred the record increase in migrants. To reduce the numbers, collaboration with Mexico becomes essential, allowing the United States to push more non-Mexican immigrants to cross the southern border.
With the migration issue gaining crucial importance, collaboration between the United States and Mexico emerges as a determining factor in resolving these migratory challenges affecting both nations.
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