Joe Biden, the United States President, and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the Mexican counterpart, warned of extraordinary pressure from migration during a Friday phone call conversation that highlighted a major political problem for the White House before the November elections.
Biden, and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexican President, cautioned about an unprecedented flow of migrants from throughout the hemisphere to their two countries in a Friday call. The two leaders agreed to do more to promote ‘just, humane & productive efforts pic.twitter.com/WavHYCsjzz
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After the call between the two leaders, the White House stated that because of the exceptional migrant flows from the hemisphere to both countries, both presidents reiterated the need to build the most effective and more potent tools for managing the regional surge in migration.
Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, said that the tone of the phone call was very constructive. It was not a call where the U.S. president was threatening the Mexican president in any way. Both countries are intimately tied through culture, trade, and the violent narcotics industry.
Looming Immigration Surge
Previously, the messy situation is heating up with the U.S. president’s effort to end Title 42, a rule introduced during the Coronavirus outbreak as a way to expel asylum seekers and migrants instantly, instead of letting them stay in the U.S. while their cases are heard. With Democratic leaders likely facing heavy defeats in this year’s midterm congressional elections, the issue will intensify.
The Trump government-imposed “Title 42” restrictions on asylum seekers in March 2020 as the COVID-19 started to accelerate across the country. On the other hand, Mexico condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine but refused to follow the United States and other states in slapping sanctions. Moreover, the Biden government slapped sanctions and frozen central bank assets to erode Russian military capabilities.
The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) registered around seven thousand eight hundred illegal migrants one day along the southwest border during the last three weeks – around five times the average of sixteen hundred recorded from 2014 to 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the Meeting of both leaders comes at a time of domestic and global tensions, as the war in Ukraine contributed to inflation internationally amid concerns about possible shortages of food, natural gas, and oil.
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