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Mayorkas arrives in Mexico to analyze the opening of the border

2021-06-18T02:41:12.067Z

The Secretary of Homeland Security plans to discuss the reopening of the border, closed more than a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "I look forward to a productive visit that further strengthens the close relationship between the two nations," he announced.



The Secretary of National Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, arrived in Mexico on Monday for a two-day visit in which he will analyze together with Mexican authorities the possible reopening of the border, closed more than a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



"I just arrived in Mexico City on my first trip abroad as Secretary of National Security.

I look forward to a productive visit that further strengthens the close relationship between the two nations

," Mayorkas said in a message on Twitter.

On March 21, 2020, Mexico and the United States closed their borders for non-essential travel, that is, those for recreational or tourist purposes.



In mid-May, the Mexican Foreign Ministry reported that the closure was scheduled until June 21, 2021 and that Mexico and the United States were holding "talks to ease restrictions on June 22."

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On June 8, the Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, addressed the issue of the border during the meeting he held at the National Palace with the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, on a tour in Guatemala and Mexico to address the migration crisis .



The following day, at a press conference with López Obrador, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that the issue of the border had been raised because "it is one of the main concerns of Mexico", since the closure of land travel will not essentials since March 2020 has left "a very big impact."

Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), during a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security Appropriations on the department's budget request on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 26, 2021 REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque

Ebrard announced this Monday in a message on Twitter that Mexico will receive on Tuesday a first shipment with 1.3 million Janssen vaccines loaned by the US, which will be used to vaccinate in the border municipalities.

The delivery of the doses was a promise that Vice President Harris made to President López Obrador, in a call on June 3, days before the two met in the Mexican capital.



The Mexican government plans to use these vaccines to immunize people between the ages of 18 and 39 in the 39 Mexican municipalities bordering the United States to accelerate the reopening of the border, partially closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic.

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Mayorkas' visit will be a continuation of the one made by the vice president last week, focused above all on how to reduce migration with investment and cooperation.

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President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wanted to highlight that both countries are at a different time when it comes to collaboration on security issues.

"We do not want military cooperation

,

"

said the president in his morning conference on Wednesday last week.

"We want development cooperation, we no longer even want to hear about the Merida plan, it is a new stage."

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Both López Obrador and Harris were satisfied with their meeting, the vice president's first trip abroad, in which the United States pledged to allocate 130 million dollars over the next three years to support labor reforms in Mexico and loans to promote the economy in the south of the country.

The Biden administration said the meeting produced an agreement to establish an economic dialogue on trade, telecommunications and supply chains in September.



Both nations will also form an alliance against human trafficking and in favor of economic programs that address the reasons why people migrate from the Northern Triangle, made up of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

"It was a very beneficial meeting for both peoples, nice," said López Obrador after describing Harris as an "extraordinary" and "very respectful, very intelligent, very friendly to Mexico" woman.

With information from EFE and AP.

Source: telemundo

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