US President Joe Biden receives Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for talks at the White House on Tuesday with migration, security and the economy topping the agenda.
A senior Biden administration official told reporters the two sides were expected to announce “joint actions to improve border infrastructure that addresses irregular migration, enhance law enforcement cooperation to disrupt the flow of fentanyl to both countries, and promote the clean energy, economic innovation and prosperity”.
The official said the two sides would launch a working group to examine “labor migration pathways and worker protection.”
The director of the National Security Council for the Western Hemisphere, Juan González, told VOA Español on Monday that the White House is willing to expand the number of visas for temporary workers from Mexico and Central America according to need.
He did not say how many visas might be under consideration, following comments by Mexican Interior Minister Adán Augusto López last month that suggested Tuesday’s meeting would include the announcement of an offer of 300,000 more work visas.
López Obrador told reporters Monday that he and Biden would discuss ways to cooperate to tackle inflation in both Mexico and the United States.
He cited the importance of labor and boosting production, citing the 1940s agreement that allowed Mexican workers temporary work permits to address a farm labor shortage in the United States.
López Obrador’s visit comes a month after he refused to attend the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. The Mexican leader objected to the exclusion of the leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
Some of the information for this report comes from The Associated Press and Reuters.