Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls comments ‘disappointing’ after vice-president says migrants will not find solace at US border
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris told Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that she saw him as a partner in tackling migration as they agreed on Tuesday to deepen economic ties and invest to improve conditions in Central America.
The administration of President Joe Biden has been struggling with the number of migrant children and families arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, mainly from Central America, and Biden has tasked Harris with trying to solve the issue.
On her first trip abroad since taking office, Harris said talks with Lopez Obrador were “candid,” covering topics, including security, vaccines, the pandemic and the spread of the drug fentanyl. She also said she would visit the U.S.-Mexico border.
"We made clear that the United States considers Mexico to be a partner on many of these issues," Harris told reporters after the meetings, hailing a "new era" of bilateral relations. Lopez Obrador called the encounter "pleasant and beneficial."
Harris and Lopez Obrador spent more than an hour in private meetings, as well as in broader talks, a White House aide said.
Much of the focus was on improving livelihoods, and the United States pledged an additional $130 million over three years to support Mexican worker rights along with a goal of creating $250 million in investment and sales in southern Mexico, it said in a vaguely worded statement.
The two sides will hold a meeting known as a high-level economic dialogue in September to look at ways to promote investment and make the most of a new trade deal, statements from both governments said.
A similar meeting will also be held on security, and a task force will work on breaking up people smuggling rings.