President Andrés Manuel López Obrador considers the position of the American president “demagogic.” Joe Biden to will close the border with Mexico if there is an excess of migratory flow.
“The position is very demagogic: let’s close the borders. Yes, I mean Biden. For example, I respect President Biden very much; he behaves very well. President Donald Trump (2017–2021) also did it before. We understand the circumstances, but consider closing the Frontera,” he stated in his morning conference.
The federal president stated that, “with a little light on the forehead, one cannot think that this is a solution” for trade.
“Think about the level of commercial integration in the economy; we are the main trading partners in the world. How do I close the border? It’s like walls,” he said.
López Obrador referred to statements over the weekend by Biden, who promised that he would “close the border now and fix it quickly” if Congress approved his border deal that would also unblock the border. military aid to Ukraine.
The agreement would allow the United States to close its border with Mexico if 5,000 migrants do not cross regularly each day.
The President of Mexico, who on January 16 responded that “the border will not be closed” after a similar proposal by Trump, argued that, due to the election period, “both of the Republican Party and those of the Democratic Party “took the immigration and drug trafficking files out of the drawers.”
“Because there are campaigns, then they always want to blame the migrants, blame the Mexicans; they want to see the straw of others and not the beam of their own,” he criticized.
Although the two main parties in the United States have now agreed to close the border, López Obrador asked “not to be alarmed” considering that reality will change after the election in November.
“Why these proposals? Because there are elections, once the elections are over, the agenda will be different, but we Mexicans must know this background; politics is time; we are in a special time for Mexico and the United States; all this so we don’t get alarmed; let us act calmly,” he commented.
Pressure increased after US authorities detained more than 300,000 migrants and asylum seekers at the Mexican border in December, a record number in the last 3 years, according to Customs and Border Control (CBP).