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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador expressed opposition to the United States decision to construct new segments of the border wall.
During a press conference preceding discussions in Mexico City with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other top officials, Lopez Obrador labeled the decision as “a step backwards.” He also emphasized that his upcoming meetings with Secretary Blinken cover various issues, including drug trafficking, trade, investment, and the heightened activity at the US-Mexico border.
This comes as the United States recently revealed its intention to extend the border wall and develop roads in Starr County, Texas, a notable point of entry for migrants from Mexico. Earlier this week, Lopez Obrador shared data indicating that approximately 10,000 individuals were reaching the US border daily.
The Mexican leader attributed the US administration’s new stance on the wall to pressures from the Republican Party’s “far-right” sector, suggesting its influence on President Joe Biden’s policies with the upcoming 2024 presidential election in mind.
The ongoing immigration issue continues to be a focal point in political dialogues, as showcased by New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ current visit to Latin America, aiming to discover solutions to the prevailing challenges.