President Joe Biden will travel to Mexico next month to meet with Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Biden plans to attend the North American Summit in Mexico City from Jan. 9 through Jan. 10, National Security Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby confirmed Tuesday. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also expected.
The announcement comes amid a wave of immigrants taxing border communities. Local officials fear resources will be further strained if the US scraps Title 42 health regulations. This has allowed the Biden administration to accelerate the movement of immigrants during the pandemic.
El Paso Mayor Oscar Reeser declared a state of emergency on Saturday in anticipation of the end of Trump-era politics.
The White House had stressed before the intervention on Monday that the United States would continue to enforce border security even if Title 42 was lifted, but officials questioned whether Biden would go to Mexico to deliver a direct message. refused to disclose.
Kirby says Biden’s summit agenda will focus on climate and environmental challenges, steps to make North American nations more competitive, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, health and security measures, and migration issues said.
A lower court ordered him to reverse the measure on December 20. But the Supreme Court’s intervention on Monday may have delayed immigration law enforcement changes.
Lopez Obrador snubbed Biden and skipped a summit of Latin American leaders in Los Angeles in June.
Biden later hosted Lopez Obrador at the White House with his AMLO, also his initials. At a meeting in July, the US president emphasized the importance of the alliance in fighting immigration and drug trafficking at the border.