Presidents Biden and Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico agree to tackle irregular migration

Presidents Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico have agreed to work together to tackle irregular migration.

Biden and Obrador spoke on the phone on Friday to review bilateral cooperation on a range of bilateral and regional issues, particularly regional migration.

“The two leaders agreed to work closely to stem the flow of irregular migration to Mexico and the United States, as well as to promote development in the Northern Triangle of Central America. They also recognized the importance of coordination to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” the White House said in a readout of their conversation.

Biden and Harris during their first lunch on Friday, January 22, 2021 
President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President Kamala D. Harris on their way for their first lunch together at the White House on Friday, January 22, 2021.

“The President outlined his plan to reduce migration by addressing its root causes, increasing resettlement capacity and lawful alternative immigration pathways, improving processing at the border to adjudicate requests for asylum, and reversing the previous administration’s draconian immigration policies,” the White House added.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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