April 16, 2024
Border Patrol brokers on the border all close to San Ysidro. Reuters/Mike Blake

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador mentioned on Wednesday the U.S. Congress ought to give attention to investing in folks as a substitute of constructing partitions, hours earlier than he was set to satisfy Secretary of State Antony Blinken to debate migration to america.

President Joe Biden’s administration is looking for assist from Lopez Obrador’s authorities to stem migration flows and deal with report numbers of individuals making an attempt to achieve the U.S. border, a key situation forward of the U.S. presidential election in November.

The conferences come after greater than half one million migrants this 12 months crossed the damaging Darien Hole jungle into Central America — double final 12 months’s report — many fleeing crime, poverty and battle to hunt entry into america.

Lopez Obrador, who final week assured america that Mexico would assist ease migratory pressures, mentioned the U.S. Congress ought to be investing in poor folks in Latin America and the Caribbean “as a substitute of placing up boundaries, barbed wire fences within the river, or desirous about constructing partitions”.

“It’s extra environment friendly and extra humane to put money into the event of the folks and that’s what we’ve got at all times proposed,” Lopez Obrador advised a press convention.

Lopez Obrador added that he expects subsequent 12 months’s U.S. election will carry the problem of migration to the forefront.

“We’ve got to take care as a result of campaigners use this situation as a rallying cry,” Lopez Obrador mentioned.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump, the main candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, has promised to crack down on unlawful immigration, prohibit authorized immigration and deport tens of millions of individuals if elected to a second four-year time period in workplace.

Trump centered on constructing a wall on the Mexico border throughout his first time period and has pledged to shut gaps within the border wall if reelected. His administration constructed 450 miles of boundaries throughout the 1,954-mile border, however a lot of that changed current constructions.

Lopez Obrador deliberate to satisfy noon in Mexico Metropolis with Blinken, who will even communicate with Mexican Overseas Minister Alicia Barcena. The U.S. delegation contains Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

A State Division spokesman mentioned they’ll focus on “unprecedented irregular migration within the Western Hemisphere and establish methods Mexico and america will handle border safety challenges.”

On Wednesday, hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers marched slowly north from southern Mexico in a caravan hoping to achieve the U.S. border, many carrying babies.

“We don’t want to return to our nation if we don’t have something there,” mentioned Nohemia Zendejas, a mom on the street with 4 youngsters in tow. “I come from Venezuela and Venezuela is damaged”.