Biden to meet Mexican president as wave of illegal drugs and immigrants continues to cross border

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After snubbing the United States at last month’s Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is due to meet President Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday. The left-leaning president, who recently called on Mexican Americans to vote out Texas Governor Greg Abbott, will advance his agenda, and observers hope the United States pushes him back.

Experts tell Fox News Digital that the issues that should be raised between the two leaders are border security, illegal immigration and ways to stop the tidal wave of fentanyl and other illegal drugs coming in. in the USA.

The Mexican president reportedly said he would not prosecute or convict criminals and drug cartel leaders given human rights considerations. A policy known as “hugs, not bullets”.

U.S. President Joe Biden, right, speaks with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, President of Mexico, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. The leaders will meet again this week. Photographer: Doug Mills/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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“The most important issues in the AMLO – Biden meeting will be drugs, migration, energy and inflation. The last issue concerns the two most immediate governments, but they may be limited in what they can do. in the short term…I expect the United States to commit to doing more on weapons flowing into Mexico and Mexico to commit to being tougher on synthetic drugs,” said Duncan Wood, Senior Advisor to the Mexican Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

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Jorge Castañeda, former Mexican foreign secretary and professor of politics at New York University, told Fox News Digital that “During the AMLO – Biden meeting, there will be two moments, what is said in private and what which is said in public. In public there will be praise and hugs, they will talk about continuing to work together on all issues, cooperation and even, despite some differences, in general they work very well. So AMLO does not can’t complain about anything.

However, Castañeda added “In private, I have the impression that there will be quite a few complaints on various subjects, from the lack of support in the United States in the case of Ukraine and the absence of sanctions against Russia, through its refusal to attend the Summit of the Americas and its support for the dictatorships of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, to the lack of more vigorous action to stop illegal immigration, which continues to be a priority for Biden.”

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Of the curious moment of last week’s mass fentanyl arrest in Mexico, Castañeda said, “It looks like he only did it to look good before they met, but in reality his policy of not Not prosecuting drug dealers and agreeing with them has repercussions in a greater volume of drugs entering the United States.”

MCALLEN, TEXAS - MARCH 23: A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) soldier watches the Rio Grande at the US-Mexico border on March 23, 2021 in McAllen, Texas.  Texas DPS troopers are participating in Operation Lone Star in support of US Border Patrol agents in "denying Mexican cartels and other smugglers the ability to transport drugs and people to Texas." (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TEXAS – MARCH 23: A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) soldier watches the Rio Grande at the US-Mexico border on March 23, 2021 in McAllen, Texas. Texas DPS soldiers participate in Operation Lone Star to assist U.S. Border Patrol agents in “stopping Mexican cartels and other smugglers from transporting drugs and people into Texas.” (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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The Mexican president was recently asked at a press conference about his expectations for his meeting with Biden and said that “the migration issue is central”. He also said he wanted more help for Central America, as well as an increase in temporary work visas which he said would contribute to a more orderly migration flow.

“President López-Obrador has a bipolar personality; that’s why he usually shows respect to everyone and tries to be a nice guy,” explained Carlos Alazraki, Mexico-based political analyst and CEO of Atypical TeVe. .

He said: “With President Biden, he will not enter into any confrontation. He will agree with him on how to fight corruption, fight drugs and reduce violence, and he will appear as if he had done a great job when they met. He will try to show that Mexico is the best friend of the United States, but we have to be careful and doubt all that.

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More than once, the Mexican president has sided with countries like Cuba and Venezuela in criticizing the United States, stressing that people must resist American influence when trying to “dominate” and intervening in the internal affairs of other countries. Observers claim that his refusal to participate in the Summit of the Americas was a declaration intended to clarify which side he is on and to mark the distance to prevent his neighbor from getting involved in matters that he considers only his business.

Observers say they are concerned about how AMLO has eroded US-Mexico relations, undermining trust by saying one thing and doing another.

Border Patrol agents on Friday arrested a caravan of 128 people after it illegally entered the United States from Mexico heading to Arizona, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday evening.

Border Patrol agents on Friday arrested a caravan of 128 people after it illegally entered the United States from Mexico heading to Arizona, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday evening.
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“It is not easy to know what AMLO wants to get out of this meeting. AMLO’s plan is very limited or unknown. Its relationship with the United States has been mainly trade-oriented (free trade agreement States States, Mexico and Canada – USMCA), climate change and migration, including AMLO’s efforts to promote US investment in Central America,” Gabriel España, managing director of Iskali Capital Group, told Fox News. Digital.

España said he also expects a strong reaction from the United States regarding Mexico’s security policy.

President Biden needs AMLO to stop illegal immigration, and critics say the Biden administration’s soft approach to avoid confrontation gives AMLO more power to challenge the United States

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“What is interesting is if AMLO is going to take advantage of the meeting and if Biden is going to make him pay not to attend the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. Mexico should ask for a migration plan”, (among others) has said Mexican economist Luis de la Calle.

He said the United States should ask for: security, drug control; application of migration rules (in exchange for an ambitions visa program); energy changes in Mexico to compete with China. The most likely scenario is that they won’t achieve much because both governments are ineffective and lack a vision of what to do.”

Observers recommend that President Biden pay more attention not only to what AMLO and his delegation are saying in Washington DC, but especially to what they are actually doing in Mexico.

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