As President Biden continues to lean on Mexico for help at the southern border, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been emboldened to come up with a list of demands of his own.
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) January 9, 2024
According to Fox News, in response to Biden’s most recent plea for help, Obrador responded by “demanding the U.S. give $20 billion to Latin American and Caribbean countries, grant work visas to 10 million Hispanics who have worked in the U.S. for at least 10 years, end sanctions against Venezuela and halt the blockade of Cuba.”
A new record of more than 300,000 migrants were processed at the southern border by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents in December, and there are no signs of things slowing down. Since Biden’s policies in the U.S. are not working, the administration is seeking help from Mexico.
According to the Post Millennial, “Negotiators with the US want Mexico to increase enforcement along its southern border with Guatemala, and to deport more illegal immigrants apprehended within Mexico.”
Newsweek reported that Biden and Obrador spoke on the phone on December 21 concerning the crisis at the southern border. The two came to an agreement that additional enforcement was needed for the U.S. to keep all of the ports of entry from Mexico to the U.S. open.
When the initial conversations took place, it seemed like the two countries agreed to work together to help fix the crisis. Now, according to a senior official in the Biden administration, Obrador has changed.
Lopez Obrador “has a very ambitious agenda. For some of these things, we would need Congress to act. We share the vision that we need to lift up the region,” the Biden administration official said.
As the crisis at the southern border continues to grow, Mexican and American officials reportedly believe that Mexico now holds significant leverage in the negotiations. Those negotiations will continue as the two nations are set to meet later this month in Washington D.C.