According to a phone call readout issued by the White House on Saturday, Joe Biden discussed his plans to reverse Donald Trump’s immigration policies with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Friday.
The new US President outlined his strategy to reduce migration by concentrating on addressing its root causes, the readout said, including efforts to increase, resettlement capacity and lawful alternative immigration pathways and to improve processing at the US-Mexico border.
The White House said that the two leaders agreed to work together towards reducing irregular migration, and López Obrador tweeted that Joe Biden had been courteous and polite.
He said that they addressed matters linked to migration, COVID 19 and cooperation for development and welfare, and that everything betokened that relations would be beneficial for the good of their people.
It was reported that López Obrador also embraced Joe Biden’s acceptance of the Mexican migrant community’s contributions to American life.
Joe Biden’s first steps on immigration policy, including an early push to open a pathway to citizenship for approximately 11 million people living in the US illegally, which even allies in Congress acknowledge may be a Herculean task, have provoked an immediate backlash from the right.
The new President’s candidate for secretary of homeland security, and this oversight of immigration policy, has been held up in the Senate.
Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, put a hold on Alejandro Mayorkas, who was both deputy homeland security secretary and director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under Barack Obama when Joe Biden was vice president.
Earlier this month, Josh Hawley showed support for pro-Trump rebels who invaded the US Capitol, and on the same day objected to electoral college results in the Senate in an endeavour to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.
The senator, who faces calls for censure or expulsion about his actions on 6 January, cited concern about Joe Biden’s immigration policies.
Josh Hawley claimed that Mayorkas, the architect of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields from deportation undocumented migrants brought to the US as children, had refused to say he would enforce the laws Congress has already passed to secure the border wall system.
Joe Biden has ordered the end of construction on the wall, a flagship Trump project.
Mayorkas was last approved by the Senate in 2013, before the announcement of a Government report in which people throughout the rank of USCIS complained that he’d intervened to help rich foreign investors seeking EB-5 visas.
The US gives aid worth $320 million a year to Mexico. That money is supposed to be portioned out to education, housing, food, water and other Government expenses, but it would seem that US funding is not finding its way to where it’s supposed to go. Particularly when people are risking life and limb to get into a country to try to get the most menial jobs to earn enough to live on, and it should make one wonder what’s wrong with that country’s Government.
There’s no revolution going on in Mexico that I know of, but there does seem to be a serious problem when a country doesn’t care for its citizens and fails to ensure basic needs like food, clothing, shelter and a decent living wage.
However, if the Mexican Government were to clean up its act, their citizens would prosper and immigration wouldn’t be so much of a problem anymore, but this money that the US is giving to Mexico is absolutely nothing because it’s effectively feeding the drug cartels, and the US giving them a handout is a waste of time and not very effective because the money they give to them just causes more problems than they solve.