Biden announces executive action to curb migrant crossings

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Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesIn his morning press
briefing, the Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was
unsurprisingly quizzed about the latest development on cross-border immigration
by the Biden Administration. López Obrador would be speaking to his US
counterpart “probably today” – a sign of how pressing the matter is generally
considered between the two neighbours. In fact, in recent years, the issue of
migration is arguably only surpassed by trade in terms of its importance in
current Mexico-US relations.López Obrador
was again at pains to stress that the relationship with Joe Biden is good,
including on issues of migration, and that more needs to be done to address the
root causes of migration in Central America. On that latter point, he has
banged the same drum now for almost six years as President with precious little
progress on any kind of development aid or job creation programmes in Latin
America that can genuinely be said to have dissuaded people from attempting to
travel north.In fact, for many
analysts, the main legacy of his outgoing presidency with regards to migration
has been the crackdown by migration agents and security forces at Mexico’s
southern border to stop people from making their way across Mexican territory
towards the border with the US. In that sense, the idea that a harder line from
the Biden Administration might put people off from trying could be welcomed –
albeit not publicly – by the president-elect, Claudia Sheinbaum.If there is one thing
she will not want to inherit from her political mentor when she takes over in
October, it’s the headache of politically charged migration issues with
Washington. Most feel that it’s unlikely she will be able to avoid it for long,
however. …

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briefing, the Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was
unsurprisingly quizzed about the latest development on cross-border immigration
by the Biden Administration. López Obrador would be speaking to his US
counterpart “probably today” – a sign of how pressing the matter is generally
considered between the two neighbours. In fact, in recent years, the issue of
migration is arguably only surpassed by trade in terms of its importance in
current Mexico-US relations.López Obrador
was again at pains to stress that the relationship with Joe Biden is good,
including on issues of migration, and that more needs to be done to address the
root causes of migration in Central America. On that latter point, he has
banged the same drum now for almost six years as President with precious little
progress on any kind of development aid or job creation programmes in Latin
America that can genuinely be said to have dissuaded people from attempting to
travel north.In fact, for many
analysts, the main legacy of his outgoing presidency with regards to migration
has been the crackdown by migration agents and security forces at Mexico’s
southern border to stop people from making their way across Mexican territory
towards the border with the US. In that sense, the idea that a harder line from
the Biden Administration might put people off from trying could be welcomed –
albeit not publicly – by the president-elect, Claudia Sheinbaum.If there is one thing
she will not want to inherit from her political mentor when she takes over in
October, it’s the headache of politically charged migration issues with
Washington. Most feel that it’s unlikely she will be able to avoid it for long,
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