Harris to visit Mexico, Guatemala ‘soon’ amid GOP criticism


Source: Politico

Vice President Kamala Harris, the Biden administration’s point person on stemming the flow of Central American migrants coming to the U.S., said Wednesday she will travel to Mexico and Guatemala “soon” amid mounting GOP criticism.

“Our focus is to deal with the root causes, and I’m looking forward to traveling, hopefully, as my first trip, to the Northern Triangle — stopping in Mexico and then going to Guatemala sometime soon,” Harris said Wednesday at a virtual roundtable of experts on the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The vice president said she would go to Guatemala “as soon as possible.”


Biden admin secures agreements with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to secure borders, official says


Source: CNN

(CNN)The Biden administration has secured agreements for Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to tighten their borders and stem the flow of migration, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration for the Domestic Policy Council Tyler Moran told MSNBC on Monday.

“We’ve secured agreements for them to put more troops on their own border. Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala have all agreed to do this. That not only is going to prevent the traffickers, and the smugglers, and cartels that take advantage of the kids on their way here, but also to protect those children,” Moran said.


Scoop: Biden weighs Ken Salazar for ambassador to Mexico


Source: Axios

The Biden administration is vetting Ken Salazar, a former senator and Interior secretary, to serve as U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: President Biden is close to publicly naming a slate of ambassadors. In considering a former Senate colleague for Mexico City, he’s acknowledging the crisis on the border will require both diplomatic and political skills to solve.

Driving the news: Biden has started to call some of his potential ambassadors to offer them foreign postings, people familiar with the matter say.


Biden administration finalizing plans to send millions of AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Canada and Mexico


Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)The Biden administration is finalizing plans to send millions of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses stockpiled and waiting for official usage approval in the US over the border to Mexico and Canada, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

“I can confirm that we have 7 million releasable doses available of AstraZeneca,” Psaki said at Thursday’s White House press briefing. “2.5 million of those, we are working to finalize plans to lend those to Mexico and 1.5 million to Canada,” she added.


Mexico expects U.S. response to AstraZeneca vaccine request on Friday


Source: Yahoo! News

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The U.S. government is expected to respond by Friday to Mexico’s request to share doses of stockpiled AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, a senior Mexican official said Tuesday, as Canadian authorities also seek extra doses from their southern neighbor.

Reuters reported this week that Mexico had asked for extra shipments of the British-developed vaccine, since it has yet to be approved for use in the United States.


Biden to broaden US-Mexican relations, keep immigration at top


Source: Al Jazeera

Under former President Donald Trump, US relations with its southern neighbour were quite simple: Mexico stopped the flow of Central American migrants from reaching the US-Mexico border and the two nations largely overlooked just about every other aspect of their bilateral relationship.

President Joe Biden, who took office almost two months ago, said he wants to change that dynamic, by reinstating a broader agenda with Mexico to include more engagement on climate change and security. He also promised to overturn the antagonistic legacy of his predecessor who called Mexican migrants rapists and said Mexico would pay for a border wall that would stop migrants from entering the US.


Two years after “remain in Mexico” policy began, migrants allowed to pursue their asylum claims in the U.S.


Source: The Texas Tribune

CIUDAD JUAREZ — Nearly two years after the start of a Trump-era policy that forced tens of thousands of asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their immigration hearings, a small group of migrants were allowed into El Paso Friday afternoon to pursue their asylum claims in American courtrooms.

The end of the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as “remain in Mexico” in this stretch of the border comes a day after a small group of migrants were allowed into Texas from the Mexican city of Matamoros, across from Brownsville, on Thursday.


Biden to meet with Mexican president amid migration issues


Source: The Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden is planning a virtual meeting Monday with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador — a chance for the pair to talk more fully about migration, confronting the coronavirus and cooperating on economic and national security issues.

Mexico’s president has said he intends during the meeting to propose to Biden a new Bracero-style immigrant labor program that could bring 600,000 to 800,000 Mexican and Central American immigrants a year to work legally in the United States.


U.S. State Department says it is working with Mexico on tools to fight drug cartel threat

us mex flag12/04/19 – Reuters

By Humeyra Pamuk

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it was working with Mexico’s government to identify the “appropriate tools” to help it tackle the threats that drug cartels pose, after President Donald Trump last week said he wanted to designate them as terrorist groups.

Trump’s announcement alarmed Mexico, which rejected it as “interventionism” and said it would respond in kind to such a move. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, for instance, that Mexico would not permit another operation like the U.S. government’s ill-fated “Fast and Furious” gun-running sting.

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Mexican Shelters Strained by Migrants Struggle With U.S. Returnees

6/17/19 – Wall Street Journal

By Alejandro Lazo


The last place Honduran migrant Gustavo Edil Gutiérrez imagined himself was back in Tijuana, living in a shelter and losing hope as he awaits his U.S. asylum hearing across the border.

Mr. Gutiérrez is one of more than 11,000 migrants sent back to Mexico by the U.S. this year to wait for their cases to be heard. Many more will soon be sent by U.S. authorities to six border towns after Mexico agreed this month to take more as part of a deal to ward off President Trump’s threatened tariffs on all Mexican imports.

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