On Thursday morning, President Biden had a conversation with Mexico’s President López Obrador.migrant crossings
The number of border crossings at the southern border remains high. President Biden has requested for Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, and White House Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall to travel to Mexico in the near future to meet with President Obrador.
According to National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, Mr. Biden and Obrador came to a consensus that immediate measures must be taken to resume operations at crucial ports of entry. During their conversation, the two leaders also explored ways to address the underlying reasons for migration.
President Biden and Mexican President Obrador had a face-to-face meeting in California last month to discuss the issue of illegal drugs, such as fentanyl, and to explore opportunities for increased collaboration between American and Mexican law enforcement. The trade relationship between the two countries has been a source of conflict, leading to occasional tension between President Biden and President Obrador.
China has made new promises to take action against fentanyl, and the United States is collaborating with them on a strategy to hold companies accountable for producing fentanyl precursors.
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Approximately 10,000 individuals migrate to the border between the United States and Mexico every month.
Each day, a large number of people are entering the southern border. The high number of migrants being caught at the southern border is causing strain on both federal and local resources. Cities with Democratic leadership, such as New York and Chicago, are having difficulty finding housing for the growing number of migrants. Local authorities have been expressing worries about the burdened services. Recent polls indicate that the majority of Americans do not have a positive view of Mr. Biden’s immigration policies.
Cities led by liberal leaders have become increasingly dissatisfied with the government’s handling of the situation. Upon returning from a recent visit to Washington, D.C., Mayor Eric Adams of New York expressed his disappointment, stating that assistance is not coming.
Earlier this week, the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, approved a legislation that declares illegal immigration within the state as a state offense. However, despite this law, there has been a continuous influx of migrants into the United States. This law gives Texas officials the power to detain and potentially deport migrants who are believed to have crossed the border without proper authorization.
Camilo Montoya-Galvez was a contributor to this report.