Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has accused the Biden administration of going too far on a number of issues. On Tuesday, both President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris welcomed Lopez Obrador to the White House after he snubbed Biden at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles last month.
During Tuesday’s talks, Mexican President Lopez Obrador griped about how high US gas costs are and that his nation has been stockpiling oil to sell to the United States since the energy crisis began. This comes as the Biden administration has requested authoritarian regimes in Saudi Arabia and Venezuela for oil rather than America’s allies. Meanwhile, Lopez Obrador emphasized that he is sparing American citizens in border communities money by allowing them to cross into Mexico to purchase cheaper gasoline.
“While gasoline prices in the United States decline, I hope that your bill to (reduce gas costs) receives congressional approval,” he said. “In the meantime, while we’re waiting for gas prices to fall, we are allowing Americans who reside near our border to fill up their cars on the Mexican side at cheaper rates.”
Additionally, Mexico’s president criticized the US-Mexico border’s condition. He said that the Biden administration must take action to change the border and move away from the current situation. Lopez Obrador urged the Biden administration to establish new legal entry points for Mexican and Central American nationals into the United States. He stated that he wants this to lead to a reduction in “irregular migration patterns while creating new economic opportunities.”
The Biden administration has witnessed record levels of unlawful immigration, which has strained border patrol resources and resulted in the deaths of immigrants. More than 50 migrants were discovered dead inside a tractor trailer in San Antonio, Texas, last month, with Lopez Obrador confirming that most of them were Mexican nationals and stressing the urgency for enhanced border protection.
“Regularize immediately and give certainty to those who, for many years, have worked honestly and helped the progress of this great nation,” he urged.
President López Obrador also praised Mexican citizens, claiming that their labor benefits both the United States and Mexico.
“I just want to let you know that I love you a lot, and that love is repaid with love. That tomorrow at the White House we will discuss the rights of migrants, and I want to tell you how much I appreciate everything you do because you work here and send money home to your families. As a result, our economy is reborn,” said Lopez.
Meanwhile, in a joint press conference following their meeting, the two leaders announced that they have reached an agreement on a $1.5 billion initiative to upgrade “smart technologies” along America’s southern boundary. Biden also said he has established a multi-country effort to combat human and drug traffickers, claiming that it has already resulted in the arrest of more than 3,000 smugglers. Lopez Obrador emphasized the need for cross-border cooperation between Mexico and the United States.