Mexico Plans to Work With Joe Biden on Migrants' Issues
On Wednesday, Mexico's foreign ministry said that the country shares President-elect Joe Biden's focus on migrants' issues, and they want to work with the United States on ways to provide international aid and encourage economic development for Central America to achieve orderly and safe migration.
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Jake Sullivan, Biden's appointee for national security adviser, agreed during a video call that both governments will prioritize the structural causes of migration. According to two Biden aides, the call was arranged to start efforts to build a joint policy soon after his inauguration on January 20.
"Attention to the structural causes of migration is a priority shared by the government of Mexico and by the next administration," the ministry said in the statement. "The vision focuses on the protection of the human rights of migrants and refugees, as well as on a regional response focused on economic development."
Last year, Biden's team said that he and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador vowed in a phone call to undertake a "new approach" to migration issues that "offers alternatives to undertaking the dangerous journey to the United States."
In the past two years, border arrests have reached their highest level, with recent caravans driven by coronavirus lockdowns and this fall's devastating hurricanes in Central America. Mexican officials have said they will not have tough enforcement measures aimed at stopping migrants making their way to the U.S. border.
The relationship between United States and Mexico has had its ups and downs during the Trump administration, with the current president demanding the Mexican government do more to reduce the number of migrants crossing the border while also continuing to harp on the idea of a border wall that he promised during his campaign.