After being overwhelmed by a surge in illegal immigration at the southern border, the Biden administration “has been quietly pressing Mexico to ramp up its efforts to limit the flow of migrants,” according to the New York Times.
The Times writes, “President Biden has moved quickly to dismantle some of former President Trump’s signature immigration policies, halting construction of a border wall, stopping the swift expulsion of children at the border and proposing a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the United States.”
“But he is clinging to a central element of Mr. Trump’s agenda: relying on Mexico to restrain a wave of people making their way to the United States,” the Times adds.
With illegal immigration levels reaching over six times what the Obama administration considered “the crisis level,” President Biden asked President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico this month to assist in controlling the flow of illegal immigration, while also discussing the United States sending 2.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Mexico.
Obrador, who has described Biden as the “migrant president” because of Biden incentivizing illegal immigration to the United States, has previously stated that Mexico and the United States “need to work together to regulate the flow [migrants], because this business can’t be tackled from one day to the next.”
The Times added that “The Biden administration is facing intense pressure, scrambling to find shelter space for a growing number of migrant children and teenagers held in American detention facilities along the border.”