The Secretary of Foreign Relations (SRE), Marcelo Ebrard, he read the response of the president of the United States, Joe Biden, to his counterpart in Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. It should be noted that it was on September 9 when the letter written by the Mexican president was delivered by the Foreign Minister to the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken during the high-level economic dialogue held in Washington.
The answer begins with Biden’s congratulations on the bicentennial of the consummation of Mexico’s Independence. “There is no better time for us to transform our bilateral relationship than when we partner on vital issues such as migration, trade, development, security and conservation (of the environment) ”, the text begins.
Ebrard made a reminder that the United States was the first country to recognize Mexico as an independent country, which is why in 2022 the 200 years of relations between the two countries will be celebrated. In the initial letter, from López Obrador, the need to create an immigration system that protect borders “humanely”, expand legal avenues of opportunity and protection in the United States, consider asylum claims fairly and efficiently, reduce irregular migration, and address the root causes of migration – issues that coincide with the vision of the Biden administration.
For this reason, “since I took office, I redirected the resources of the unnecessary border wall towards proven investments such as technology and modernization of the land ports of entry”, Assured the American president.
In addition, he pointed out that his government is focused on improving the processing and so that the people who have legitimate asylum applications and forms of protection. He also noted that he has made “clear” to the US Congress that “it is time for them to act to provide a path to citizenship and a legal, fair and efficient immigration system.”
“We agree that the most effective and sustainable way to deter potential migrants from their homes is by addressing the root causes of migration, lack of economic opportunities, weak governance, corruption, violence and insecurity, ”the letter says.
Joe Biden highlighted the agreement reached with the Mexican government to ensure that the regional migration is safe, orderly and humane. In this sense, he recalled that in the last year, the United States has provided more than 600 million dollars in international assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras; He also underscored the request to Congress for an additional $ 861 million in the budget for fiscal year 2021.
“Through a variety of programs we are addressing economic insecurity, inequality, the fight against corruption, security and gender violence in Central America, challenges that drive people to make the difficult decision to leave,” he added. .
On the other hand, he trusted that cThe cooperation of both governments will continue to increase investment in southern Mexico and northern Central America. Finally, he recognized the impact of the programs “Young people building the future” and “Sowing life”. At the same time, he indicated that the US is testing cash transfer programs.
Finally, Joe Biden celebrated the resumption of economic and dialogues between the two countries and indicated that he hopes to discuss with López Obrador how to make the North American region more dynamic.