April 19, 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 concentrate on investing in individuals as an alternative of constructing partitions, hours earlier than he was set to satisfy Secretary of State Antony Blinken to debate migration to the USA.

President Joe Biden’s administration is in search of assist from Lopez Obrador’s authorities to stem migration flows and address file numbers of individuals making an attempt to succeed in the U.S. border, a key challenge 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 file — many fleeing crime, poverty and battle to hunt entry into the USA.

Lopez Obrador, who final week assured the USA that Mexico would assist ease migratory pressures, mentioned the U.S. Congress must be investing in poor individuals in Latin America and the Caribbean “as an alternative of placing up limitations, barbed wire fences within the river, or occupied with constructing partitions”.

“It’s extra environment friendly and extra humane to spend money on the event of the individuals and that’s what now we have at all times proposed,” Lopez Obrador advised a press convention.

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

“We now have to take care as a result of campaigners use this challenge 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, limit authorized immigration and deport thousands and thousands 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 limitations throughout the 1,954-mile border, however a lot of that changed present 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 are going to talk about “unprecedented irregular migration within the Western Hemisphere and determine methods Mexico and the USA will handle border safety challenges.”

On Wednesday, 1000’s of migrants and asylum seekers marched slowly north from southern Mexico in a caravan hoping to succeed in 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”.