Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador praised US President Joe Biden for not building additional sections of the border wall along parts of the US-Mexico border on Tuesday.
“We said that and I repeat it today — I insist: you, President Biden, you are the first President of the United States in a very long time who didn’t build a foot of the wall,” Lopez Obrador said said.
“And that – thank you sir, although some may not like it – although the Conservatives don’t like it,” he added.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Biden: “President Biden, you are the first President of the United States in a very long time to have built less than a meter of wall and we thank you for that, sir. ” pic.twitter.com/kaHbBFwn4F
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Lopez Obrador made the comments at a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Biden at the National Palace in Mexico City.
The three heads of state and government gathered in the Mexican capital for the North American Leaders’ Summit 2023 – colloquially known as the “Three Amigos” summit.
After taking office, Biden lifted former President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, which allowed Trump to receive funding for the border wall designed to stem illegal immigration and contraband smuggling into the United States
Since then, Biden has canceled several border wall construction contracts and authorized the return of property appropriated for the wall to citizens who had fought the land grabs in court. CNN reported.
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Democrats in Congress and the Biden administration deemed the wall ineffective in achieving their intended goals and criticized it as xenophobic. FoxNews reported.
However, with the border crisis that followed the Biden administration’s takeover, the Biden administration began quietly plugging gaps in the Arizona wall, according to CNN.
According to Fox News, critics believe Biden’s completion of the wall after he took office contributed to the border crisis.
Immigration was one of the key issues dominating the summit agenda.
“We have a big agenda ranging from the climate crisis to economic development and other issues. But an important part of that agenda is strengthening our border between our nations,” Biden said during a White House address Thursday Politically.
Before the meeting, Biden announced that Mexico had agreed to accept Cuban, Haitian and Nicaraguan migrants who entered the United States illegally and were expelled from the United States under Health Order Title 42, Fox News reported.
Biden made his first visit to the border Sunday since becoming president, according to the outlet.
During Tuesday’s news conference, Lopez Obrador also said he had asked Biden to legalize the status of illegal immigrants from Mexico in the United States
“I have asked President Biden to insist before the US Congress to regulate the migratory situation of millions of Mexicans who work in the States, live in the United States and contribute to the development of this great nation, the United States, States of America,” he said.
Biden is the first US president to visit Mexico since Barack Obama visited in 2014, according to Politico.
According to the outlet, U.S. presidents would typically choose Mexico or Canada as the destination of their first trip abroad. However, that tradition was reportedly broken under Trump, who decided to visit Saudi Arabia instead.
“Better cooperation between the US and Mexico is essential to better manage the massive migratory flows arriving at the US border in the future,” said Earl Anthony Wayne, the Public Policy Fellow at the Wilson Centre.
“US officials commend Mexico’s current cooperation. However, much additional partnership from countries across the region is essential to reduce the number of migrants in the western hemisphere.”
“Such cooperation includes creating more legal migration routes as an alternative to irregular migration, providing more humanitarian care to migrants and addressing the root causes that drive so many to leave their homes,” Wayne added.
https://www.westernjournal.com/mexican-president-thanks-biden-first-us-president-long-time-hasnt-built-even-one-meter-wall/ Mexican President thanks Biden for becoming the first US President “in a very long time” who didn’t even build a “three foot wall”.