Migrants: Mexico will invest 1.5 billion to strengthen borders
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Migrants: Mexico will invest 1.5 billion to strengthen borders

This was announced by US President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a joint statement

(Getty Images) A vehicle along the US-Mexico border wall, a portion that remains unfinished, near Otay Mesa between San Diego and Tijuana (R) on January 12, 2022 in San Diego County, California

Mexico pledged to invest $ 1.5 billion over two years to strengthen its border infrastructure, following a meeting held in the White House by US President Joe Biden and his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. These resources will complement the $ 3.4 billion that the Biden administration has already allocated to carry out 26 construction and modernization projects at its border crossings to ensure security and supply chains.

“Mexico has pledged to invest $ 1.5 billion in border infrastructure between 2022 and 2024,” both leaders explained in a joint statement following their meeting. The migration crisis was the central theme of the meeting, in which Lopez Obrador asked Biden to expand the number of temporary work visas for Mexicans and Central Americans.

However, the joint declaration does not contain any concrete agreement on visa figures. Both leaders promised to start a working group “on migration paths for work and worker protection” and another to tackle child migration. They also said they will maintain “strong border control policies” while ensuring “full protection of the human rights” of migrants. Regarding commercial agreements related to security
food, Mexico will purchase 20,000 tons of powdered milk from the United States and one million fertilizers that it will distribute to corn and bean producers.