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Mr. Biden and Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador discussed joint projects to modernize border infrastructure to improve the flow of people and commerce through the busiest ports of entry into the U.S. The U.S. plans to put $3.4 billion from last year’s bipartisan infrastructure law toward the projects, while Mexico committed to invest $1.5 billion over two years, the leaders said in a joint statement.
The leaders also will direct their teams to create a task force to fight criminal organizations and curb the flow of fentanyl, the statement said, as well as working groups focused on issues such as labor and worker protections.
The Mexican president also met with Vice President Kamala Harris, who has the responsibility of addressing the economic and social strains that the U.S. administration has said is a driving force behind border crossings. She met last year with Mr. López Obrador in Mexico. The two on Tuesday talked about the need for public-private partnerships for investments in the region, the White House said. As both nations are facing surge in illegal border crossings , and growing differences on energy, trade and the extradition of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange .
Recent moves by Mr. López Obrador have challenged U.S. goals in the region. But Mr. Biden pushed back on any suggestions of friction between the two leaders. “Despite the overhyped headlines that we sometimes see, you and I have a strong, productive relationship,” he said as he opened the meeting in the Oval Office.
On July 4, Mr. López Obrador said the U.S. should dismantle the Statue of Liberty if the Biden administration doesn’t drop spying charges against Mr. Assange, who recently appealed his extradition from the U.K.
As the global political & media pressure is mounting on United States to drop spying charges on Mr. Assange we hope the Right to Liberty will win.