U.S. President Joe Biden in a conversation with his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he wants to change the “draconian” immigration policy of the administration of his predecessor Donald Trump. This was reported on the White House website on January 23.
It is noted that the leaders had phone conversations the day before.
“President [Biden] outlined his plan to reduce migration by addressing its root causes, increasing resettlement opportunities and legal alternatives to immigration, improving the processing of asylum requests at the border, and reversing the draconian immigration policies of the previous administration,” the text said.
In addition, the presidents agreed to work closely together to stem the flow of illegal migration to Mexico and the US, as well as to promote the development of the Northern Triangle of Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras) and jointly fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier in the day, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador revealed on Twitter that he discussed with the new U.S. leader Joe Biden issues related to migration, the coronavirus and cooperation for development and well-being.
Biden’s inauguration took place on January 20. On the same day, he signed an executive order stopping construction of a wall on the border with Mexico. He also lifted the state of emergency on the border with Mexico, which Trump imposed in February 2019