President Biden sent top officials to Mexico City this weekIn registration numbers and Consensus on funding border security.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Mr. Liz Sherwood-Randall, Biden's homeland security adviser, traveled to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The meeting lasted more than two hours, senior Biden administration officials said late Wednesday. A senior administration official said Mexico is “willing to share with us a plan on how they're going to take the work they're already doing” to stem the flow of migrants across the border.
“We have seen a significant reduction in border crossings in recent days,” an official said. “So again, it's something that the United States and Mexico can't talk about or stop by themselves. So I would say that a lot of our conversation was really focused on the work that we're doing together in the region.”
Senior administration officials said Mexico acknowledged the need to curb human trafficking.
They also said Blinken and López Obrador discussed “legal pathways” for migrants, which one official described as “one of the strongest intersecting interests between President Biden and President López Obrador.”
The meeting came after the mayors of New York, Chicago and Denver said Wednesday they could not handle the influx as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott continues to send migrants to those cities.
Those three cities “have reached a point where we are close to capacity or almost out of room.”
“Without significant intervention from the federal government, this mission will not last,” Johnson said.
The White House said last weekOn “Sustained Efforts to Manage Migration Flows in the Western Hemisphere”. The White House said the two leaders “agreed that additional enforcement actions are urgently needed so that key ports of entry along our shared border can be reopened.”
The visit comes after Border Patrol agents processed nearly 50,000 immigrants who entered the United States illegally over five days last week. In November, Border Patrol agents arrested more than 191,000 migrants who crossed the US-Mexico border illegally. This month, 10,000 migrants were apprehended daily at the southern border.
Mexico's president said last week he was willing to help resolve the issue, but he wants the United States to provide more aid to the region and ease sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela.
“We always talked about addressing the causes [of migration]. “The best thing is to help poor countries,” López Obrador said. According to the Associated Press.
In the US, Congress has been debating border policy changes for weeks as part of a larger package, including aid to Ukraine and Israel. Democrats are considering tighter limits on asylum and increased deportations to support Republicans — who want tougher border security measures — for more foreign aid.
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