LatinNews Daily - 08 January 2024

US delegation talks migration in Mexico

Mexico: On 27 December Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador received a high-level US delegation in Mexico City. The US delegation was led by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, and White House Homeland Security Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. The meeting was led by Blinken and Mexico’s Foreign Minister Alicia Bárcena. According to a White House press statement, the two delegations reaffirmed their joint commitment to ensuring humane, orderly, and regular migration. They outlined the need to address the root causes of migration such as inequality, poverty, and violence, with specific reference to Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. The two delegations also discussed the need for continued joint efforts to tackle issues such as human smuggling, trafficking, and criminal networks, as well as focusing on the promotion of legal migration networks. López Obrador highlighted the need to continue diplomatic, political, and economic engagement with countries in the region as well as US efforts regarding the provision of humanitarian aid and increasing new private investments in the region. While neither country announced resulting policy changes, López Obrador stated on social media that “important agreements” were reached. Mayorkas called the meeting “very productive”, adding on social media that: “The regional challenge of migration requires regional solutions, and we appreciate Mexico’s commitment to continue its efforts alongside us and with others.” Since the meeting the two sides have announced the reopening of operations at various border crossings, which had been closed due to a surge in migration. Another bilateral migration meeting will be held in Washington this month.

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