The Mexican president and his American counterpart will discuss irregular migration next week


Bogotá – Colombia

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday he will present a “bold” immigration policy proposal to his US counterpart Joe Biden when he meets July 12 at the White House.

Speaking at a daily press conference, Lopez Obrador said the migration crisis facing the two countries will be the main topic of discussion.

He said the purpose of the policy is to regulate the flow of migration between the two countries.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it detected more than 1.7 million undocumented immigrants at the border with Mexico in fiscal year 2021.

Lopez Obrador said part of the joint plan he will present to Biden includes negotiating work visas for farmers, workers and professionals.

“We will have recommendations on the agreement on labor issues, the regulation of migration flows and the legalization of the hiring of workers,” he noted.

The announcement came after at least 53 people were found dead in a tractor-trailer in the US state of Texas last week.

Authorities found dozens of deceased migrants in the back of the truck in San Antonio amid high temperatures on June 27.

Lopez Obrador said 22 Mexicans were among the dead.

Biden described the deaths as “horrific and heartbreaking” and said the tragedy “underscores the need to tackle the multi-billion dollar smuggling criminal industry that preys on migrants and results in far too many deaths. innocent”.

* Written by Zehra Nur Duz

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