- This afternoon the expected virtual meeting between Biden and AMLO will take place.
- AMLO is expected to propose a program so that up to 800,000 immigrants can work legally in the United States.
- The immigration issue would be one of the main ones in the virtual meeting of Biden and AMLO this Monday.
Up to 800,000 immigrants could legally work in the United States if an agreement is reached in the virtual meeting that presidents Joe Biden and Andrés Manual López Obrador (AMLO) will have this Monday.
US President Joe Biden plans to hold a virtual meeting on Monday with his Mexican counterpart Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), an opportunity for the two to discuss more fully on migration, how to deal with the coronavirus, as well as cooperation on immigration matters. economy and national security, reported the news agency AP.
AMLO has announced that during the meeting – scheduled for 4:30 pm Eastern United States time – he intends to propose to Biden a new “Bracero” -type immigrant labor program that could allow 600,000 to 800,000 Mexican and Central American immigrants work annually with legal authorization in the United States.
A senior official in the Biden administration declined to say whether the US president would support or oppose such a proposal, only indicating that both countries agree on the need to expand legal channels for migration, according to AP.
The official requested anonymity when speaking about private conversations, the agency reference noted.
The original Bracero Program allowed Mexicans to work temporarily in the United States to fill labor shortages during World War II and for a couple of decades after the war, AP explained.
AMLO has pointed out that the US economy requires Mexican workers for their strength and youth.
The Biden official stressed that the meeting will allow Biden to begin to institutionalize the relationship with Mexico instead of allowing it to be determined through tweets, the form of diplomacy preferred by his predecessor, Donald Trump.
The meeting between Biden and AMLO will occur just as the US government is evaluating an economic stimulus package and a longed for immigration reform.
The United States shares a trade agreement – most recently updated in 2018 and 2019 – with Mexico and Canada, which represent the second and third largest trading partners, after China. The trade pact could complicate AMLO’s intentions to possibly cancel the grant and eliminate independent regulatory, oversight and transparency agencies in Mexico.
The news agency Efe He also reported on Monday about the meeting that Biden and AMLO will have in a few hours, and highlighted the issue of vaccines against the coronavirus.
AMLO indicated that he will ask in the first bilateral meeting on Monday with his counterpart Biden that the United States open the sale of covid-19 vaccines, Efe reported.
The Mexican president acknowledged in his daily press conference that he has already asked Biden to allow US pharmaceutical companies to distribute the vaccine to Mexico, which has a contract for 34.4 million doses from Pfizer.
“Yes, and maybe there is already an answer, if he considers that the issue should be addressed because we also do not want to impose an agenda, we have to be respectful, but it is an issue that matters a lot to us, as is understood”, expressed AMLO in The national palace.
AMLO’s statements come hours before his first virtual meeting with Biden, with whom he said he will talk about access to the vaccine against covid-19, migration, security, climate change and the new Treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada ( T-MEC).
AMLO and Biden held their first phone call as heads of state on January 22, when it emerged that the Mexican president asked him for access to the covid-19 vaccines that are produced in the United States, something he confirmed this Monday.
“We are going to talk about several issues, of course about vaccines, but we want to receive a response to a request that we already made, and if President Biden considers it, he can give us an answer in the conversation, in the talk, about vaccines,” he explained. .
Mexico, the third country in the world with the most deaths from covid-19, has opted for early access to the vaccine to control the pandemic, which has left almost 2.9 million cases and more than 185,000 deaths.
López Obrador has questioned that the vaccines that Mexico acquired from Pfizer and BioNTech are produced in a plant in Belgium because the United States has required its pharmaceutical companies to reserve production within its territory, Efe mentioned.
“Although Pfizer also produces vaccines in the United States, these are sent to us from Europe,” he recalled this Monday.
In addition to the Pfizer doses, Mexico has committed 79.4 million from the British AstraZeneca, 35 million from the Chinese CanSino, 24 million from the Russian Sputnik V, 10 million from the Chinese Sinovac and 51.4 million from the Covax program of the World Health Organization (WHO), detailed Efe.
Last week, during the visit of President Alberto Fernández, Mexico and Argentina announced an alliance to fight in the United Nations for an equitable distribution of vaccines.
According to Efe, on the bilateral agreement so that Mexican and Central American workers can legally migrate to the United States, AMLO said: “For everyone, there are already two types of work visas, for agricultural workers and for workers in general. , and of course we want to include professionals ”, he explained.