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Biden and Mexico’s President Meet to Discuss Trade, Immigration

President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met earlier today to discuss immigration, trade relations and the war in Ukraine. The meeting comes after Obrador skipped the Summit of the Americas following the U.S. decision not to invite leaders from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Despite recent tensions between both countries, Biden called the relationship one "that directly impacts the daily lives of our people and despite the overhyped headlines that we sometimes see, you and I have a strong and productive relationship and I would argue a partnership," per CNN.

Biden also said the U.S. and Mexico agree on the need to increase opportunities for legal migration, especially since more workers can help alleviate U.S. labor shortages and potentially help calm rising prices, per the Associated Press"This is a proven strategy that fuels economic growth as well as reduces irregular migration."

Following the meeting, Biden plans to announce a bilateral working group on labor migration pathways and worker protections, and "expand our diplomatic coordination on migration issues throughout the region," officials said.

"Senior Biden administration officials say that the U.S.-Mexico relationship is a priority and that the countries plan to announce joint actions to modernize and improve infrastructure along key parts of the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border, enhance law enforcement cooperation against fentanyl smuggling and promote clean energy," reads an article from the Associated Press

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Monday, 15 August 2022