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Mexico proves to be an important partner for the US in immigration management

(CNN) — The most recent policy from US President Joe Biden’s administration affecting Nicaraguans, Cubans and Haitians highlights the importance of the US-Mexico relationship when it comes to addressing immigration.

The expansion of Title 42 to include more nationalities, for example, hinges heavily on Mexico’s approval, as it means more people will move back to that country.

US Homeland Security officials have repeatedly emphasized coordination with Mexico in efforts to stem the flow of migrants across the US southern border through patrolling and information sharing.

US Customs and Border Protection agents show President Joe Biden a portable X-ray device as he visits the El Paso Port of Entry, America’s Bridge, a busy port of entry along the border between the US and Mexico in El Paso Huh. Texas, Sunday, January 8, 2023. ( Associated Press Photo/Andrew Harnick)

“Hopefully the President’s (Biden) visit (to Mexico) will revive those discussions,” a Homeland Security official told CNN.

When Biden and Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met last July, the US President described the relationship as “strong and productive”.

While the United States and Mexico have worked together on the issue, Biden and López Obrador have sometimes had a strained relationship. It came to light when López Obrador opted to skip the Summit of the Americas, a gathering hosted by the United States last year, citing the US decision not to invite Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela.

López Obrador also recently criticized the US for “supporting” the ouster of former Peruvian President Pedro Castillo. Last month, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Washington “categorically” rejects any act that undermines democracy and “contradicts Peru’s constitution” after Castillo tried to dissolve the Peruvian Congress. Is”. Castillo was later fired.

Experts say López Obrador, known by the acronym AMLO, has claimed himself to be America’s equal, a dynamic that could play out during this week’s summit of North American leaders in Mexico City.

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“AMLO will seek to affirm himself. He understands that the US has strength. Andrew Seely, president of the Migration Policy Institute, stressed that this is still a working relationship.

Days before the summit, where drug trafficking is also expected to be one of the topics of discussion, Mexican authorities arrested Ovidio Guzmán, son of notorious drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

When asked what steps the United States would take to reduce fentanyl smuggling and trafficking in Mexico, John Kirby, a spokesman for the US National Security Council, said he “doesn’t want to move beyond the summit.” Alleged major fentanyl trafficker.

“It is not an insignificant achievement by the Mexican authorities and we are certainly grateful for that. So we will continue to work in unison with them to see what we can do to limit that flow, but It’s important,” Kirby said.

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