Mexican President Makes Request When Officials Visit

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has put pressure on the United States government to provide assistance in slowing down the flow of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

During a press conference on Friday, Lopez Obrador revealed his demands, which include a staggering $20 billion in aid to Latin American and Caribbean countries, work visas for 10 million Hispanics working in the U.S. for at least 10 years, and an end to the sanctions against Venezuela and the blockade of Cuba.

The demands come just a week after Lopez Obrador met with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Mexico City. The Mexican president's bold stance puts President Joe Biden in a difficult position as he struggles to address the ongoing surge in illegal immigration since taking office in 2021. This surge has seen an increase in encounters at the border, with around 240,000 per month at the end of 2020.

Some of the demands made by Lopez Obrador would require the approval of Congress, causing further complications for the Biden administration. This adds to the mounting pressure on the administration to take decisive action on immigration and border security issues.

Lopez Obrador's outspokenness on the topic of illegal immigration is not new. Last month, he challenged Texas Governor Greg Abbott on the state's new immigration law, which makes illegal immigration a state crime. The law, known as Senate Bill 4, was passed due to the lack of enforcement of federal immigration laws by the Biden administration. Under this law, state authorities are authorized to arrest foreign nationals who illegally enter the country, and magistrates can order them to leave.

During his remarks, Lopez Obrador accused Governor Abbott of using the law to gain popularity and win the Republican vice presidential nomination. He stated that Abbott's actions would only harm the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico, as there are many Mexican migrants living in Texas.

However, it is essential to note that the Texas law only targets those who enter the country illegally and does not punish those who follow the proper immigration channels. This supports the argument that the law is not a threat to the relationship between the two countries but a necessary measure to control the ongoing issue of illegal immigration.

Lopez Obrador's demands highlight the ongoing issues that the Biden administration faces in managing the surge of illegal immigration. While there is a great deal of pressure on the U.S. to provide assistance and aid, it is clear that the Mexican president aims to secure the best outcome for his country. The demands made highlight the growing issue in Latin American and Caribbean countries that have contributed to the surge in illegal immigration and require a more comprehensive solution.

The Mexican government has not shied away from challenging U.S. politicians on the topic of immigration. Lopez Obrador's calls for an end to sanctions against Venezuela and the blockade of Cuba show the extent to which the Mexican government is willing to use its influence to protect the rights of Latin American and Caribbean nations.

Furthermore, Lopez Obrador's emphasis on providing work visas for 10 million Hispanics who have been working in the U.S. for at least 10 years highlights the issue of migrant workers' rights. It suggests that the Mexican government is aware of the contribution made by these workers to the U.S. economy and aims to protect their rights by securing their legal status.

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