The President of the United States, Joe Biden, traveled to Mexico City to meet with his counterpart Andrés Manuel López Obrador and discuss the immigration issue and the new reality of the border that both countries share for more than 3,000 kilometers.
López Obrador promised Biden to accept migrants from Cuba, Venezuela, Haiti and Nicaragua who are expelled by US border officials as part of the new plan implemented by the Democratic administration.
In this sense, the Delaware-born politician confessed that “Mexico is a true partner” of the US, citing aid in immigration matters as an example.
According to local press reports, both dignitaries discussed “the recent announcement” by the White House that tightens border controls for citizens of these four nationalities after leading an unprecedented mass exodus in recent months.
Now all those who are caught trying to cross the border without authorization will be returned to Mexico, since there is already a legal way of parole to request orderly entry into United States territory.
The Biden government put into effect since January 6 a program to deliver 30,000 monthly visas to Venezuelans, Cubans, Nicaraguans and Haitians, that they manage to find a sponsor in the US who is responsible for their food, maintenance and medical emergencies.
López Obrador asked Biden to work together to “address the root causes of migration” on the continent and thereby prevent the migratory flows that have occurred for decades from the south to the north.
The land border between the United States and Mexico is the longest international dividing line in the world, stretching more than 3,100 kilometers (1,900 miles). It stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, and divides the two countries entirely.
The border has been subject to tensions throughout history, due to illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and other security-related issues. For years the US strategy has been to build a wall along certain sections to try to reduce illegal immigration, but in reality it has been very permeable.
According to the White House, in the private conversation between the two leaders, other current issues were also addressed, such as the fight against drug trafficking and the production of fentanyl, a synthetic drug that causes a large part of overdose deaths in the United States and that it is produced in clandestine laboratories in Mexico, dominated by drug cartels.
Similarly, “President Biden and President López Obrador spoke of the violent protests in Brazil and reiterated the support of the United States and Mexico for the will of the Brazilian people and their democracy,” confirmed the White House spokeswoman.