Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris spoke on Wednesday about the growing illegal migration to the United States, the representative reported.
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«There is a willingness on our part to add wills in combating human trafficking and protecting human rights, especially children,» López Obrador wrote on Twitter in confirming the talk.
We talked to Kamala Harris, vice president of the United States and in charge of addressing the migration issue in Central America. There is a willingness on our part to add wills in combating human trafficking and protecting human rights, especially for children. pic.twitter.com/ZewpM7sm84
— Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) April 7, 2021
For her part, the Vice-Chairperson expressed her appreciation to President López Obrador for his cooperation on migration issues, and hoped to work with him to address the causes of migration, improving the region’s conditions.
I spoke with President López Obrador of Mexico today to thank him for his cooperation on migration issues. I look forward to working with him to address the root causes of migration by improving conditions for people in the region, including in southern Mexico. pic.twitter.com/83VjrATnI1
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) April 7, 2021
Harris was appointed by U.S. President Joe Biden to address the causes of undocumented migration in coordination with the governments of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.
The topic has also been discussed by Biden and López Obrador during telephone conversations held in January and February.
Stimulated by Biden’s expectation of easing some immigration policies, thousands of undocumented Central Americans attempt to enter the United States across the vast border with Mexico, including hundreds of minors traveling alone.
The US representative, however, has already warned that there will be no relaxation.
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In February, nearly 100,000 of these migrants were arrested in the border area, a return to mid-2019 levels following a stopping due to the covid-19 pandemic. Most claim to flee poverty and violence in their countries.
López Obrador has insisted that illegal migration will only stop if the causes that support it are addressed, while Biden announced $4 billion in aid for Guatemala, El Salvador and Guatemala.
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