Biden challenged by the Mexican president on his “oblivion” during the Summit of North American leaders

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador challenged President Biden on his “forgetting” to help Latin American countries during the summit of North American leaders on Monday. He also encouraged him to prioritize resolving the migration crisis affecting the US-Mexico border.

While the public comments have mostly had a positive tone, López Obrador pressed Biden on his “surrender” and “forgetting” to help Central American countries.

“Now is the time for us to decide to put an end to this abandonment, this contempt and this oblivion for Latin America and the Caribbean,” Lopez Obrador said during a press conference on Monday.

López Obrador also said Biden had the “key” to improving life in the region.

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US President Joe Biden speaks during a message to the media as part of the

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a message to the media as part of the ‘2023 North American Leaders Summit’ at the Palacio Nacional on January 10, 2023 in Mexico City, Mexico.
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“You hold the key in your hand,” the Mexican leader said of the US president.

On Tuesday, López Obrador’s comments were more positive as he praised Biden for not building “even a meter of wall”, a clear reference to Biden’s predecessor, former President Donald Trump.

Still, López Obrador urged Biden to “insist” on Congress making more accommodations to allow undocumented Mexican migrants to work in industries where U.S. employers are struggling to hire.

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US President Joe Biden shakes hands with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during a welcoming ceremony at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City on January 9.

US President Joe Biden shakes hands with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during a welcoming ceremony at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City on January 9.
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President Joe Biden, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the 10th North American Leaders Summit at the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

President Joe Biden, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the 10th North American Leaders Summit at the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
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The Mexican president also spoke at length about his country’s efforts to help limit the flow of fentanyl into the United States. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that has become the number one driver of drug overdose deaths in America.

“We fight fentanyl, these chemicals, and we do it because we care. No humans are alien to us,” he said. “It’s really important for us to be able to help with what’s happening in the United States, the fentanyl deaths. But also, as we discussed today, it’s not just a problem for the states United, because if we don’t face this problem, this scourge, we will suffer it too, so we have to act in a coordinated way.

Biden, López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Monday and Tuesday for the North American Leaders Summit, where the three world leaders shared their common goals on global trade, managing large waves of incoming migrants in the region and support for Ukraine.

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They also discussed dealing with energy issues and semiconductor production, reducing the impacts of climate change – by committing to reduce methane emissions – and forming a more cohesive regional strategy. to deal with future health threats related to the pandemic.

“The three of us are true partners,” Biden said Tuesday at a joint press conference in Mexico City. He also said they each shared a “genuine like” for each other.

“We share a common vision for the future, based on common values,” Biden added.

President Joe Biden, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau embrace during a press conference during the 10th North American Leaders Summit at the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

President Joe Biden, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau embrace during a press conference during the 10th North American Leaders Summit at the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
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US President Joe Biden, left, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, second from left, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pose for an official photo at the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

US President Joe Biden, left, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, second from left, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pose for an official photo at the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
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Despite the praise, the leaders found themselves at odds last year.

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“We need to make sure the solutions are driven by the Haitian people themselves,” Trudeau said Tuesday, calling the situation “heartbreaking.”

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Additionally, the United States and Mexico continue to strategize on how best to deal with an influx of migrants seeking access to America.

Many of these migrants – mostly from Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti and Venezuela – have been forced to wait at the US-Mexico border as Title 42, a Trump-era immigration policy, is over about to expire.

While the Biden administration continues to claim the border is “secure,” US Customs and Border Protection reported that there were more than 2.3 million migrant encounters during the fiscal year. 2022 only.

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This figure exceeds the then historic 1.7 million encountered in fiscal year 2021. So far in fiscal year 2023, which began in October, encounters with migrants exceed the same period last year. last.

Adam Sabes of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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