Biden Seeks Help on Border From Mexican President


Source: The New York Times

President Biden on Monday sought help from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico in averting a new crisis at the border, hoping for diplomatic cooperation from one of the key supporters of the harsh tactics imposed by Mr. Biden’s predecessor to choke off immigration.

Mr. López Obrador won the admiration of President Donald J. Trump for cooperating with his hard-line immigration agenda, and the Mexican president praised Mr. Trump during a call with Mr. Biden, then the president-elect, in December.


Biden Isn’t Considering Sharing Covid-19 Vaccines With Mexico, White House Says


Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Biden administration isn’t considering sharing its Covid-19 vaccine supply with Mexico, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said ahead of President Biden’s first bilateral meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

“The president has made clear that he is focused on ensuring that vaccines are accessible to every American,” Ms. Psaki said Monday.

She said the next step for Mr. Biden would be economic recovery and the reopening of borders with neighboring countries once the pandemic has been managed.


Mexico president warns against false claims of open US doors


Source: Yahoo News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Thursday many migrants believe the “doors are open” to the United States following the election of President Joe Biden.

López Obrador said that wasn’t true, and urged migrants not to believe traffickers who tell them they could get legal status immediately. He noted that he welcomed Biden’s policy proposal, but that it would take time to be approved and implemented.

Biden faces border challenge as migrant families arrive in greater numbers and large groups


Source: The Washington Post

MCALLEN, Tex. — President Biden’s more-welcoming message to immigrants is facing an immediate challenge along the Mexican border, where Central American families and children have been crossing in numbers that point to a building crisis.

In recent days, U.S. authorities have seen the return of large groups of parents and children crossing the border in the darkness, a replay of scenes that occurred during the record influx of families who arrived in 2018 and 2019, overwhelming migrant shelters and Border Patrol stations.


What AMLO Really Thinks About Biden


Source: Foreign Policy

In the weeks between the U.S. election and the inaugural, Mexico’s president took several actions that seemed surprisingly hostile to the United States. Andrés Manuel López Obrador (widely known as AMLO) was one of only three world leaders who did not recognize President Joe Biden’s election victory until after the formal Electoral College vote. In December, AMLO oversaw the approval of a new security law that will greatly constrain U.S. anti-drug operations in Mexico. In early January, he offered political asylum to Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who faces felony charges in the United Stat­es for publishing classified documents.

Then, in mid-January, his government exonerated a Mexican general and former defense minister, Salvador Cienfuegos, arrested in the United States for collaborating with a drug cartel. (This came after the United States agreed to extradite Gen. Cienfuegos in response to a Mexican demand to preserve effective security cooperation. The Mexican government then publicly released the Drug Enforcement Administration evidence against the general, information provided to Mexico in confidence and protected under the bilateral treaty on mutual legal assistance.)


Biden to launch taskforce to reunite families separated at US-Mexico border


Source: The Guardian

Joe Biden is set to create a taskforce to reunify families separated at the US-Mexico border by the Trump administration, as part of a new series of immigration executive actions.

The two other orders to be announced on Tuesday call for a review of the changes the Trump administration made to reshape US immigration, and for programs to address the forces driving people north, senior Biden administration officials said.


Asylum Camp Swells at US-Mexico Border; Biden Aide Urges Patience


Source: VOA

MEXICO CITY – The Biden administration is urging migrants trapped in Mexico under restrictions imposed by former U.S. President Donald Trump to be patient, even as the population of a refugee camp in northeastern Mexico begins to swell with hopeful asylum-seekers.

On Friday, a senior aide to U.S. President Joe Biden said the administration is working on a system to process the tens of thousands of asylum-seekers who have been forced to wait in Mexico under a Trump-era program.


Mexico plan to strip US drug officials of immunity risks rift with Biden


Source: The Guardian

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has tossed another hot potato to the US president-elect, Joe Biden, with a proposal that would restrict US agents in Mexico and remove their diplomatic immunity.

The proposal submitted quietly last week by López Obrador would require Drug Enforcement Administration agents to hand over all information they collect to the Mexican government, and require any Mexican officials they contact to submit a full report to Mexico’s foreign relations department.


Election 2020: What the US presidential election could mean for trade with Mexico


Source: Freightwaves

The outcome of the U.S. presidential election could affect the nation’s trade relations with Mexico for years to come — impacting everything from Mexican produce imports to border infrastructure spending to the cross-border trucking industry.

With less than a week to go, trade analysts and business experts discussed hot-button issues between the U.S. and Mexico, as well as U.S. relations with Canada and China.


Biden’s Mexico visit likely to focus on trade, not spying

Joe BidenThe Los Angeles Times, 9/20/2013

When Vice President Joe Biden meets with Mexican officials Friday, he is expected to reinvigorate talk about the promising trade relationship between the United States and its southern neighbor and largely avoid discussing the troubles that continue to plague Mexico — as well as the recent allegations of U.S. spying on President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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