- The president of Mexico ‘attacked’ the United States.
- “Nothing has been done in years,” AMLO said in regards to immigrants.
- In addition, he gave undocumented immigrants in the United States great news.
AMLO attacks the United States and gives immigrants great news. The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said on Thursday that the United States government has done “nothing in years” to help Central America and Central American immigrants.
The president’s words come before the High Level Economic Dialogue (DEAN) that is taking place in Washington. “That is what they’re going to ask the Government of the United States again today, that they immediately start working in Central America because nothing has been done in years,” said AMLO, according to Efe.
AMLO ‘blames’ the United States on the situation of immigrants
Washington and Mexico on Tuesday renewed a series of agreements to protect the rights of undocumented Mexican and Mexican-American immigrants working in the United States, according to The Associated Press.
“Some things through agencies and the so-called civil society, but the support does not reach the people,” said the president during his morning press conference on the situation of immigrants in Central America who seek to reach the United States.
“There hasn’t been in years, nothing,” AMLO told the United States about immigrants
He said that as of today it is important that a new stage begins because no attention has been paid to the population that is forced to emigrate. “There has not been in years, nothing,” emphasized AMLO about the activity of the United States with immigrants.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador asked that the Government of Joe Biden should take “immediately” the decision to support “the poorest countries, the Central American countries” and address the causes that originate the migratory phenomenon.
AMLO government will reapply for papers for immigrants
“That migration is optional, not forced, other than due to lack of jobs, hunger, necessity, insecurity. That people have the possibility to work, to be happy, where they were born ”, said AMLO. He pointed out that at the meeting in Washington, the issue will be raised again.
In addition, he said that at the meeting it would be proposed that programs such as Sembrando Vida and Jóvenes Construjando El Futuro could be implemented. “That in six months they have results.” One of these programs contemplated ‘papers’ for immigrants.
AMLO requests visas for immigrants
He pointed out that in the letter he sent to President Biden a few days ago, he spoke to him about the need to implement temporary work visas, because for the strengthening plans for the infrastructure of the United States, a workforce will be needed, says Efe.
For this reason, he considered, there must be a change and he trusted that thanks to the good relationship that Mexico has with the United States Government, work will be done “for a new policy” on the immigration issue. The pacts, sealed at the Mexican embassy in Washington, seek to combat abuses against Mexican workers, the AP notes.
Benefits for immigrants regardless of immigration status
Benefits for immigrants will be granted regardless of their nationality or immigration status, said the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, known as EEOC by its name in English.
At the event were EEOC President Charlotte Burrow; the Secretary of Labor, Martin Walsh, and the Mexican ambassador to the United States, Esteban Moctezuma, among other officials, points out The Associated Press. According to the White House, this was the first time since 2016 that the DEAN has been held.
The agreement provides protection for the undocumented
“Today’s agreement with Mexico consolidates the EEOC’s commitment to ensuring that immigrant employees, regardless of their immigration status, understand that they are protected by our laws,” Burrows said in a press release.
“They have the right to be treated fairly and not be discriminated against at work,” says the text, according to The Associated Press. The renewed agreements include a joint declaration in which both governments express their intention to continue strengthening their cooperation on labor laws.
How is the US relationship with Mexico?
“Providing legal security and protection to migrant workers is one of the main priorities for (Mexican) President López Obrador,” said Ambassador Moctezuma, according to an EEOC press release.
“We are committed to building lasting alliances with valued partners to fight abuse and illegal practices,” he said, according to The Associated Press. On Wednesday, López Obrador had affirmed that his government does not allow itself to be “pressured” by anyone and that it is not a “wimp” or “employee” of the United States Government in immigration matters.
Wave of immigrants
The region is experiencing an unprecedented migratory wave in years and, as proof of this, the United States detained 212,672 undocumented immigrants on its southern border last July, the highest number in 20 years, Efe points out. Representatives from Mexico and the United States attend the DEAN, which is being held this Thursday in Washington.
Mexican representative Martin Walsh, for his part, explained that these are agreements that help ensure that all workers in the United States have the right to full payment of their wages and a safe place to work.
They are committed to making the rights of immigrants known
“We are committed to making sure that Mexican workers know their rights and employers know their responsibilities under United States law,” he said. Mexico and the United States are commercial partners through the Free Trade Agreement known as T-MEC,
In this international treaty, Canada is also a party. That pact, in force since 2020, replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA, which eliminated trade barriers between the three countries since 1994, points out AP.
Are papers dangerous for the undocumented? AMLO lashes out at the US
Are papers for immigrants in danger? After AMLO, President of Mexico, assured weeks ago that together with the US they went hand in hand ‘in the best way’ to guarantee benefits to the undocumented, now, some statements by the Aztec counterpart could lead to a ‘conflict‘or difference with the Biden government.
As reported by Agencia EFE, through his usual morning conference, Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured this Wednesday that he will not allow himself to be pressured by anyone, in clear allusion to the United States, and also is neither a ‘wimp’ or ’employee’ of the government by Joe Biden, controversial statements aimed at negotiations for migrants.
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