López Obrador praised Biden’s immigration regularization plan | The Mexican president considered the measure to be so good that Trump opposed it

López Obrador praised Biden’s immigration regularization plan | The Mexican president considered the measure to be so good that Trump opposed it
López Obrador praised Biden’s immigration regularization plan | The Mexican president considered the measure to be so good that Trump opposed it

The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, praised this Wednesday the immigration regularization plan announced the day before by his American counterpart, Joe Bidenconsidering it’s so good that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump opposed it.

“It was very good, so good that the candidate, our friend Donald Trump, opposed it. He is in his role”López Obrador said in his morning conference, who celebrated the measure announced by the White House on Tuesday so that undocumented immigrants who are married to Americans and their children without legal status can obtain a residence permit and protections against deportation. “We are very grateful to President Biden for yesterday’s announcement (on Tuesday), even with its limitations, American and Mexican couples will be able to regularize themselves after 10 years of being together and married, and so will their children and their families,” said the Mexican president.

The new immigration relief is one of the most important since the Barack Obama Administration created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2012. (DACA), which delays the deportation of people who came to the United States as children and do not have documentation or official legal status. Biden’s announcement took place, precisely, at an event to celebrate the 12 years of DACA, which allowed more than 800,000 people to obtain a work permit with protection against deportation.

Nearly 500,000 spouses and 50,000 children of US citizens, the vast majority Mexican or Mexican-American, could benefit from the new measure, according to estimates by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) of Mexico. To request this relief, the person must have married a US citizen before June 17, 2024, have lived in the country for at least 10 years and not have been deported in the past. Children under 21 of those married to Americans who also do not have legal status can also obtain permission. However, migrants who have been deported from the United States in the past do not qualify for this protection.

Bilateral relations

The measure is announced five months before Biden and Trump face each other in the United States presidential elections, where migration has been one of the central issues of the campaign and the winner will deal with the next president of Mexico, Claudia Sheinbaum, of the same party as López Obrador. “We have good relations with both of them,” said the Mexican president..

Meanwhile, the SRE He noted in a statement that Mexico, on several occasions, stated that one of its highest priorities in the bilateral relationship is the protection and regularization of its compatriots in the United States. “We recognize the measures announced as positive with the certainty that the strengthening of our relationship under a policy of good neighborlinessrespecting the sovereignty of the people and promoting economic cooperation, is the correct route to guarantee safe, orderly, regular and humane migration,” he said.

“Both nations must continue to promote openness and willingness to guarantee that those who intend to migrate outside their countries of origin can do so through regular channels (…) avoiding at all costs falling into xenophobic or discriminatory actions,” said the Foreign Ministry. in your note.

“President who did not build walls”

The day before, the outgoing president also highlighted the measure of the American Democrat in a press conference, recalling that for a long time his government had insisted on the regularization of Mexicans who have been working honestly in the United States for years and whom he considers not to be He did justice.

“Although the new regulations are partial, they represent progress and I am glad that President Biden is doing it”he stressed Lopez Obrador, pointing out that an anti-immigration trend prevails in the United States. “There is a whole anti-immigrant current in the United States, they use the immigration issue for electoral and political purposes, and the fact that he makes this decision speaks very well of the fact that he is a man with convictions and that he is offering options,” he commented.

He also highlighted that his North American counterpart quite shares his vision of attacking irregular migration from its roots, which is why he suggested investing in the countries where undocumented people leave fleeing poverty and violence. According to official figures, around 1.39 million migrants from more than 170 countries passed through the territory of Mexico between January and May of this year with the aim of reaching the border with the United States.

In this framework, López Obrador highlighted Biden’s immigration policies, including the program to offer visas and asylum to citizens of countries such as Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela. “Among other things, Biden will go down in history as the president who did not build walls, but built bridges”he stressed, recalling that in a bilateral call the US president announced two weeks ago the construction of a border bridge in Matamoros, in the state of Tamaulipas, and in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, in addition to expanding the “World Trade” bridge in Nuevo Laredo , through which around 40% of binational trade passes.

 
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