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Work visas and measures against inflation: the keys to the meeting that López Obrador will hold with Biden at the White House

The president of Mexico traveled to Washington to hold a meeting with his US counterpart on Tuesday morning, as part of an official working visit.

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will meet this Tuesday with his US counterpart, Joe Biden, as part of an official visit in which they will discuss joint actions on migration, development cooperation and measures to contain inflation.

The agenda scheduled for Tuesday includes López Obrador having breakfast with the vice president of the United States ., Kamala Harris, and later go to the Oval Office of the White House to hold the dialogue with Biden.

López Obrador will be accompanied by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard; of Economy, Tatiana Clouthier; of Agriculture and Rural Development, Víctor Manuel Villalobos; of the National Migration Institute (INM), Francisco Garduño Yáñez.

In addition, the president’s wife, Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller, is scheduled to meet on Tuesday with the US first lady, Jill Biden.

Migration

On immigration matters, López Obrador explained what his position will be during the meeting with Biden. “We want migration to be optional and of course legal, completely legal, and for an agreement to be reached in that sense,” the president said on Monday during his usual press conference.

Questioned whether the US would announce a plan to The granting of 300,000 work visas – 150,000 for Mexicans and 150,000 for Central Americans – as announced by the Secretary of the Interior, Adán Augusto López, López Obrador stated that it will be one of the issues “to be discussed”.

“But I don’t want to bring forward the eve, let’s see how the work meetings go,” said the president.

Just in May, US authorities arrested 239,416 migrants on the southern border with Mexico, a figure a record for that month in the last two decades.

In addition to the conversation to order the flow of people —a position shared by the governments of Biden and López Obrador—, the strategy against networks of human trafficking could form part of the bilateral dialogue, after After the tragedy of June 27, when the death by suffocation of 53 migrants who were traveling crowded in a trailer, near the Texan city of San Antonio, was reported.

Actions against inflation

Mexico and the US have registered inflationary rises in the main products, which has aroused concern in both nations.

In May, the US faced a rise of 8.6 % in the annualized Consumer Price Index . The greatest inflationary effects were seen in housing, gasoline and food.

On the other hand, the annualized headline inflation rate for Mexico was at 7.99% in June, the highest level in the last 21 years. The largest increase was reflected in the prices of fruits and vegetables.

In this context, López Obrador announced that the bilateral meeting will address measures to contain inflation in both nations.

“It’s a global issue and we can close ranks, work together to control inflation in the US and Mexico, also with bilateral measures,” he said.

The rest of the agenda

On Tuesday afternoon, the Mexican president will participate in tribute ceremonies at the monuments to former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) and the historic leader against racial discrimination, Martin Luther King.

Likewise, on Wednesday, July 13, López Obrador and Biden will lead a meeting with businessmen from both countries.

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