U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris has said US-Mexico relations have begun a “new season”, with Harris meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City on Tuesday to discuss strangers from Central America, among other things.
Harris and Lopez Obrador were present to sign a memorandum of understanding on the work that development agencies are planning to do in the Northern Triangle states of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
They then meet for a discussion that focuses on the “initiatives” of the move.
“I strongly believe that we are creating a new era that ensures interdependence and integration between nations,” Harris said at the beginning of the conference.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the talks were “very successful”. Economy, security cooperation and development in southern Mexico and Central America were mentioned, Ebrard said in a tweet, not elaborating.
The meeting between President López Obrador and Vice President Kamala Harris concludes. Economic and high-level negotiations, security agreements, development in southern Mexico and Central America were addressed. It was a great meeting !!
– Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) June 8, 2021
Interpretation: The meeting of President Lopez Obrador and Vice President Kamala Harris has ended. Economics and high-level negotiations, security agreements, development in southern Mexico and Central America were addressed. It was a great meeting !!
Lopez Obrador, who formed a working relationship with him Donald Trump despite the former US President’s economic threats and criticism of Mexico’s migration, he said his government was keen to have good relations with its northern neighbors.
The leadership of President Joe Biden has been struggling to respond to the growing numbers of immigrant families with children Arriving at the US-Mexico border, especially from Central America, in recent months.
Since Biden took office in January, the number of migrants arrested by U.S. officials has been limited he woke up to a maximum of 20 years.
Managers see Mexico as dear friend both in terms of reducing declining northern migration and boosting development in Central America.
“[T]The United States has joined Mexico in a new knowledge-sharing agreement and working together on new initiatives to help secure economic opportunities through agricultural development and youth empowerment, “the White House said on Tuesday.
“The two leaders (Harris and Lopez Obrador) also agreed to increase cooperation to protect our borders and ensure that people move in an orderly fashion,” he said.
The US and Mexico have strongly agreed that they need to address the root causes of poverty and violence stem migration from Central America. Immigrants and survivors they say the economy, unemployment, gang violence as well a recent catastrophic storm continue to force them to leave their home, among other things.
Harris, led by Biden To help combat migration to the US, it has pledged an additional $ 310m to Central American countries to try to tackle the crisis of last year’s coronavirus and hurricanes.
For its part, Mexico has funded tree planting programs and youth unemployment in El Salvador and Honduras slightly and is planning to roll them out to Guatemala, Ebrard said Tuesday ahead of the Harris conference.
The White House has also announced that it will spend $ 130m over the next three years to boost Mexican employment and develop social reform programs in the country.
The meeting on Tuesday came after Harris met with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei yesterday. After the meeting, Harris said the two leaders had a “strong” discussion on anti-corruption bribery in Central America.
This is frustrating.
First, seeking security at any US border is a legitimate way to reach 100%.
Second, the US spent decades helping to change governments and establish stability in Latin America. We cannot help but burn down someone’s house and accuse them of running away. https://t.co/vADyh5H0bw
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 7, 2021
At a joint press conference, Harris tried to prevent potential migrants from traveling to the US, telling them “don’t come”- the implicit word that tourists said it contradicted the commitment of the administration to act more effectively than to oust Trump.
New York attorney Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez condemned what Harris called “frustrating” and argued that the search for security was a legal way to enter the US.
The White House sought to explain what Harris had done Tuesday.
“What the vice-president was saying is that there is a lot of work to be done, that we don’t have these systems in place,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told a news conference.
“The journey is dangerous … and we need more time to make sure that the security plan is in place.”