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Biden to Mexico: immigration dominates the agenda

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The Democratic president wants to discuss with his counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a proposal to alleviate the migration crisis and reduce the havoc of drug trafficking, especially those caused by fentanyl from the neighboring country.

Some 2.3 million arrests and expulsions of undocumented migrants in fiscal year 2022; 108,000 deaths from drug overdose in 2021: migration and drug trafficking will be at the center of this Monday’s presidential meeting in Mexico City.

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They will be joined tomorrow by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a North American Summit.

In a country where migration is often electoral spoils, the issue could become a thorn in Biden’s side if he decides to seek re-election in 2024.

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Before traveling to El Paso, the president announced a migration program limited to four countries: Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, mired in deep crisis, although the incessant flow includes several other nations.

The monthly entry of up to 30,000 people will be allowed for two years, hardly a palliative, acknowledges Biden, who blames the Republicans for blocking a more ambitious plan. Concerted with Mexico, the program also reinforces the expulsions of those who enter illegally.

Source: Ambito

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