Trump and Lopez Obrador will talk long-term solution to illegal immigration
President Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will discuss in Washington this week a long-term strategy to target illegal migration in the region, according to two senior administration officials.
“The historic work that both of these administrations — led by the two presidents — have done stemming from one, the USMCA, which is something that we are going to obviously highlight … but also our historic cooperation on migration, which has decreased,” a senior official told reporters in a call Tuesday evening.
The meeting was expected to focus on trade between the two North American nations, but the White House also plans to bring up a hot topic for Trump ahead of the election: immigration.
“Illegal migration is now down 85% of mostly from Central American countries that would not be possible without the help of President Lopez Obrador with the Migrant Protection plan that we worked together on and the 25,000 National Guardsmen men and women that he has put forward to the northern and southern borders to protect people from coming illegally,” the official said. “Now, based on the relationship between these two presidents and being able to stem the short-term flow of illegal migration and protect people’s lives, we’re now able to now build upon that and have long-term impact with private sector-led growth in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.”
Lopez Obrador arrived in Washington Tuesday. His trip marks the first time he has left Mexico since taking office in December 2018. The White House will host a state dinner after talks and a briefing with the two leaders Wednesday.