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US, Mexico to ensure safe, orderly immigration, says Biden

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The United States President-elect, Joe Biden has emphasized the need to reinvigorate U.S, Mexico cooperation to ensure safe and orderly migration, contain COVID-19, revitalize the economies of North America, and secure the two countries common border.

Biden made this known in a call to the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrad on Saturday, thanking him and expressed his commitment to build a strong relationship with Mexico on a foundation of respect for the rule of law and advancing shared values.

The two leaders noted a shared desire to address the root causes of migration in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and southern Mexico and to build a future of greater opportunity and security for the region.

They discussed working together on a new approach to regional migration that offers alternatives to undertaking the dangerous journey to the United States.

Biden reiterated that he stands by the commitments he made on the campaign trail and noted that it would take time and resources to implement those commitments effectively.

He pledged to work closely with Mexico and other regional partners  including civil society, the private sector, international organizations, and governments during the early months of his administration to build the regional and border infrastructure.

“Also capacity needed to facilitate a new orderly and humane approach to migration that will respect international norms regarding the treatment of asylum claims”. The two leaders agreed that they and their teams would stay in touch.


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