Mexico’s $20 BILLION demand from Biden to help fix the border mess: President AMLO asks for huge Latin American investment in return for helping migrants head north

Mexico’s $20 BILLION demand from Biden to help fix the border mess: President AMLO asks for huge Latin American investment in return for helping migrants head north

Mexican President’s Demands on U.S. Migration Policy

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has presented a set of demands to the United States, covering issues from visas to a substantial financial commitment.

This comes at a time when the Biden administration is pressuring Mexico to play a more significant role in addressing the ongoing migrant crisis.

Among Lopez Obrador’s requests is a $20 billion plan to assist Mexico and Central American nations in tackling the root causes of migration, coupled with a call for comprehensive changes in U.S.-Cuba policy.

Addressing Root Causes and U.S.-Cuba Policy

In a Friday speech, President Lopez Obrador expressed Mexico’s commitment to collaborating with other countries and highlighted ongoing efforts with Venezuela.

He emphasized the need for the U.S. to address its differences with Cuba, proposing the opening of a bilateral dialogue.

The Mexican leader urged for a collective approach to resolving migration issues, stating, ‘We are going to help, as we always do.’

Visa Requests and U.S. Expectations

Lopez Obrador’s extensive list of demands includes a request for the U.S. to grant visas to at least 10 million Hispanic migrants who have resided in the country for a decade or more.

These demands are being made as the Biden administration faces pressure to address the surge of migrants crossing the border, with border encounters reaching a staggering 300,000 apprehensions in December.

Bilateral Meetings and Border Control Efforts

In response to the increasing challenges at the border, top U.S. officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, traveled to Mexico in December to meet with President Lopez Obrador.

Recent efforts by Mexican immigration officials, such as arresting border crossers and transporting them to southern Mexico, have resulted in a notable decrease in arrests at the southern border.

Political Implications and ‘Caravan’ Developments

President Lopez Obrador’s demands coincide with the Biden administration’s need to demonstrate progress on the migration issue amid criticism from both Republican rivals and some Democratic leaders.

The situation is further complicated by the emergence of another migrant ‘caravan’ in southern Mexico, revealing ongoing challenges and complexities in addressing the root causes of migration.

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