MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will meet his Mexican counterpart on Tuesday to talk about methods to stem Mexican migrant crossings as arrests on the U.S.-Mexico border reached their highest ranges in over a decade, with each side hoping to handle jobs and funding.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador introduced the assembly in Washington final month simply forward of the U.S.-hosted Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, which he shunned as a result of it excluded some left-leaning Latin American international locations.
Most governments on the summit, together with Mexico, signed a declaration meant to assist the area regulate migrant flows, and a senior Biden administration official stated the White House talks are meant to construct upon these shared commitments.
The declaration didn’t embrace any U.S. pledges for added work visas for Mexicans, and that can type a part of Lopez Obrador’s discussions with Biden, stated two Mexican officers, talking on situation of anonymity to share the knowledge forward of the official announcement.
Lopez Obrador stated on July 6 there was a grave scarcity of employees in the United States and that he would search to discover a repair with Biden in the pursuits of each international locations throughout the go to, his second to Washington since Biden took workplace.
“My imaginative and prescient is we’re going to agree on the labor situation and we’re going to put migrant flows in order, and we’re going to legalize hiring of employees,” he instructed a information convention.
Republican lawmakers have blamed Biden for the rising migrant numbers in the run-up to U.S. mid-term elections in November, and Texas in specific has sought to take the initiative in cracking down on unlawful border crossings.
Lopez Obrador on Friday slammed Texas for certainly one of its current crackdown measures, saying he would urge folks of Mexican origin in the United States not to vote for “anti-immigrant” candidates or events in upcoming elections.
JOBS AND INVESTMENT
The two leaders may also make enterprise bulletins that can spur funding and jobs in Mexico, one of many Mexican officers stated.
The senior U.S. official instructed Reuters the talks are anticipated to present “some progress” on resolving issues U.S. corporations have confronted in Mexico’s power sector. Ken Salazar, U.S. ambassador to Mexico, stated final month the 2 sides have been working via such disputes involving over $30 billion in funding. High-level bilateral dialogue in September will focus closely on funding, the official stated.
Lopez Obrador’s inside minister final month stated the United States had agreed to provide 300,000 work visas, with about half for Mexicans and the remainder for Central Americans.
The U.S. authorities has not confirmed the numbers. If correct, they might nonetheless be far wanting migrant flows at present crossing the border.
The U.S. official, talking on situation of anonymity, stated “selling labor pathways” can be a key a part of the White House discussions however declined to present specifics.
The perils of the migration journey to the United States have been shockingly uncovered on June 27 when over 50 migrants died in a suffocating trailer truck discovered on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas.
Francisco Diaz, whose taxi driver brother was among the many Mexicans to die in the truck, stated the lure of higher wages was nonetheless a strong draw for his compatriots.
“All the younger folks need to pursue the American dream,” Diaz instructed Reuters at his residence in the indigenous mountain city of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec in southern Mexico.
The increased variety of arrests on the U.S. border partly replicate repeat makes an attempt by migrants to enter the United States beneath a U.S. COVID-era coverage that turns migrants again on the border.
It additionally displays the truth that Mexico’s financial system, which has but to get better to pre-pandemic ranges, is struggling to create jobs whereas murders are working shut to report totals.
“The demand in Mexico for going north has elevated rapidly,” stated Andrew Selee, President of the Migration Policy Institute, pointing to financial woes and gang violence.
(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon, Dave Graham and Matt Spetalnick; Additional reporting by Jose Cortes in Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec; Editing by Aurora Ellis)