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Biden meets Mexico president Obrador; discusses migration, COVID-19

We’re safer when we work together, Biden told Obrador

USA-WEATHER/TEXAS-BIDEN US. President Joe Biden | Reuters

US President Joe Biden, on Monday, met virtually with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to talk about migration, tacking the coronavirus and cooperating on economic and national security issues.

“We haven’t been perfect neighbours to each other,” Biden said. Obrador said, he was thankful the new president was “willing to maintain good relations for the good of our people in North America.” Orbador won Turmp’s admiration by cooperating with his hard-line immigration agenda.

US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, ahead of the meeting, denounced ‘depths of cruelty’ of the Trump administration’s immigration policy, that often tore families apart. 

“We’re safer when we work together. Whether it’s addressing the challenges of our shared border, or getting this pandemic under control,” Biden told Obrador. 

Obrador said he intends to propose an immigrant labour program that would allow 600000 to 800,000 Mexican and Central Americans immigrants to work legally in America each year. A senior Biden administration official said the purpose of the meeting was to begin institutionalise the relationship with Mexico. Tump’s preferred form of diplomacy was tweets, which often determined the nature of the US’ relationship with Mexico and other nations. 

Biden has said he is eager to open US-Mexico border for trade once they tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Obrador also said the two nations would discuss climate change. 


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