Biden Agrees With Mexican President on Plans to Reopen Border Ports

[Photo Credit: By Palácio do Planalto from Brasilia, Brasil - 09/06/2022 Encontro com o Presidente dos Estados Unidos da América, Senhor Joe Biden, CC BY 2.0,]

The two leaders of Mexico and the United States, Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Joe Biden, met on Thursday to discuss efforts to reopen ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The discourse centered on matters pertaining to migration, amidst the ongoing negotiations among United States legislators concerning border policy.

In the coming days, senior members of the Biden administration, such as Homeland Security adviser Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Alejandro Mayorkas are anticipated to travel to Mexico to meet with López Obrador and discuss additional border actions.

Without reaching an agreement on Ukraine funding or border security, the Senate concluded its annual session on Wednesday. Senators are not expected to return to Washington until January 8.

A group of Senate and White House negotiators intend to conduct virtual meetings on an emergency foreign aid package over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, but Congress is not expected to vote until the following month.

As the conflict between the United States and Russia drags on, Biden has stated that he is prepared to make “significant compromises” on immigration policy in exchange for funding for Ukraine.

Biden’s prior demands for Congress to tackle the immigration issue, in addition to his appeals for additional border personnel and resources to process asylum-seekers, have been cited by the White House.

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