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Biden to meet with Mexican president amid migration issues

Added 03-01-21 06:22:01am EST - “President Joe Biden is planning a virtual meeting Monday with Mexican President Andr” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Biden to meet with Mexican president amid migration issues”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - President Joe Biden is planning a virtual meeting Monday with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador - a chance for the pair to talk more fully about migration, confronting the coronavirus and cooperating on economic and national security issues.

Mexico‘s president has said he intends during the meeting to propose to Biden a new Bracero-style immigrant labor program that could bring 600,000 to 800,000 Mexican and Central American immigrants a year to work legally in the United States.

A senior Biden administration official declined to say whether the U.S. president would back or oppose the proposal, saying only that both countries agree on the need to expand legal pathways for migration. The official insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations.

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The original Bracero program allowed Mexicans to work temporarily in the United States to fill labor shortages during World War II and for a couple of decades after the war. López Obrador said the U.S. economy needs Mexican workers because of “their strength, their youth.”

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