Politics Mexico urges more US investment in Central America to stem migration flows
Biden looks to repair frayed US-Mexico relationship
Nearly a year after the US Drug Enforcement Administration arrested a Mexican former defense minister and charged him with being a drug cartel boss, the Biden administration is deploying three Cabinet members and White House officials to Mexico to mend ties that are crucial for grappling with cross-border flows of migrants and drug and gun trafficking. © Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images US President Joe Biden gestures as he delivers remarks on the debt ceiling from the State Dining Room of the White House on October 4, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Mexican foreign minister on Wednesday said the U.S. must invest more into Central America if it wishes to reduce the flow of migration at the U.S.-Mexico border.
"There needs to be a bigger investment from the United States in Central America than has been given, without a doubt," Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on a radio program,.
Ebrard was discussing the prospect of Mexico being a barrier to Central American migrants traveling to the U.S.
"Without this investment, if the United States does not support Central America, it's very hard to think that the migration flows that are happening will diminish," said Ebrard.
Migrants' hopes dashed by surprise deportation to Haiti from U.S. border
Migrants' hopes dashed by surprise deportation to Haiti from U.S. borderMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Haitian migrant Nikel Norassaint did not know where he was headed when Mexican migration officials put him on a flight last week in the southeastern city of Villahermosa, days after they had detained him near the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Biden administration has announced plans to tackle the root cause of mass migration from Central America, with Vice President Harris tasked with leading the endeavor.
As part of this effort, Harris announcedearlier this year to invest in the region. Companies like Mastercard and Microsoft agreed to invest in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
Reuters noted that President Biden recently sent a letter to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stating that he has requested an additional $861 million from Congress to be allocated to Central America.
EU unconvinced by Polish arguments on rule of law changes .
BRUSSELS (AP) — Polish arguments that fundamental judicial changes the country has made would not undermine the European Union on Friday failed to convince key bloc leaders who said that the withholding of billions in EU recovery funds would likely continue unless Warsaw falls back into line. At the end of a two-day EU summit dominated by the standoff over core values like judicial independence and the primacy of EU law in member states, a large majority of leaders insisted that preparations for sanctions against Poland needed to continue apace. “No European country can call itself European if it's judges are not independent,” said French President Emmanuel Macron.