During your morning lecture, The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, released Joe Biden’s response to the letter on immigration matters that was sent to the US president during the High Level Economic Dialogue held in September in Washington.
The Mexican Chancellor Marcelo Ebrard, read the letter where Joe biden promised an increase in “investment in southern Mexico and northern Central America” to address the causes of forced migration.
“I look forward to working with you to expand our cooperation specifically by increasing investment in southern Mexico and northern Central America,” Biden said in his letter dated October 6.
The Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, delivered the answer last Friday during his visit to Mexico to the Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, who read it this Monday during López Obrador’s morning press conference.
Biden thanked the Mexican Government for the “financing and implementation” of the Young Building the Future scholarship program and Sembrando Vida reforestation, two López Obrador plans implemented in Mexico and exported to Central America.
He stated that the United States “is also testing conditional cash transfer programs in the region” and wants to “consider a possible joint pilot activity” with Mexico.
“We agree that the most effective and sustainable way to deter potential migrants from fleeing their homes is by addressing the root causes of migration: lack of economic opportunities, weak governance, corruption, violence and inequality, “Biden said.
He assured that his Government has “intensified” its commitment to Central America, so that In the last year, the United States “has provided more than 600 million dollars in international assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.”
He also said that has asked Congress for an additional $ 861 million from the 2022 budget for Central America and that economic insecurity and violence in those countries are being addressed through various programs.
The president of the United States recalled that he redirected “the resources of the unnecessary border wall” towards investing in the modernization of land ports to improve the identification of people with the right to the silo and discard “quickly those who do not have it.”
The region registers in recent months a historical migratory flow with 147,000 undocumented immigrants detected in Mexico from January to August, triple that of 2020, and a record of 212,000 undocumented persons detained in July alone by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
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