AMLO receives Alejandro Mayorkas at the National Palace to talk about “work and migration”

AMLO spoke with Alejandro Mayorkas, head of the US Department of Homeland Security.

AMLO spoke with Alejandro Mayorkas, head of the US Department of Homeland Security.

Photo: Presidency of Mexico / EFE

In a meeting that lasted about 40 minutes, The President of Mexico, Andr茅s Manuel L贸pez Obrador, received Alejandro Mayorkas at the National PalaceSecretary of Homeland Security of the United States, with whom he discussed migration and security issues between the two nations.

We held a meeting with Alejandro Mayorkas, US Secretary of Homeland Security.; we deal with labor and migration issues. We continue to promote cooperation for development with justice and respect for human rights, 鈥漵aid the Mexican president on his Twitter account.

Officials from both countriesthey exchanged points of view on the migratory panorama of the region in the near future and the need to increase efforts to have safe, orderly and regular flows鈥, according to Roberto Velasco, head of the North American Unit of the Foreign Ministry.

鈥淚n addition, both delegations agree on the importance of speeding up cooperation efforts for development,鈥 Velasco said on his social networks.

Before the meeting, the Mexican foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard reported on his Twitter account that he had received Alejandro Mayorkas to address issues of migratory flow and borders.

鈥淚 had the pleasure of receiving the Secretary of Security of the United States, Alejandro Mayorkas,鈥 Ebrard said in a brief tweet, without giving more details of the visit.

Mayorkas鈥 tour, announced last Friday, passed with secrecy and without a public agenda of meetings, although Washington had anticipated that in the meetings with Mexican officials they would talk about 鈥渁 regional approach to stop irregular migration and create viable legal pathways.鈥 鈥.

In the morning, at his morning conference, President Andr茅s Manuel L贸pez Obrador commented that they would talk about 鈥渕igration, the southern border, the northern border, cooperation programs for developmentcustoms and everything that has to do with the relationship between Mexico and the United States鈥.

This is the fourth time that Mayorkas has visited Mexico to address issues related to migration and security since his first trip to Mexico City in June of last year, when the priority was to reopen the common border closed to non-essential travel due to the pandemic.

The official trip occurs after L贸pez Obrador announced that he will tour El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Cuba in May. to address the migratory wave that the region is facing and its proposals to 鈥渁ddress the causes.鈥

Mayorkas鈥 visit also comes after in recent weeks, after Russia鈥檚 invasion of Ukraine, dozens of citizens of those countries have come to the US-Mexico border to demand asylum from Washington.

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