On Friday, Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador issued a lengthy list of demands for the United States in exchange for helping to stop the flow of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border. The demands came during a press conference, where Lopez Obrador met with U.S. officials to discuss the ongoing immigration crisis.
The demands, which totaled over $20 billion in aid and included requests for work visas and lifting sanctions against Venezuela and Cuba, came as no surprise to many conservative politicians and media figures. Lopez Obrador has a history of playing hardball with American leaders when it comes to immigration issues.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador issued a lengthy series of demands detailing what the U.S. must offer in exchange for Mexico’s help in stemming the flow of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Lopez Obrador demands the U.S. give $20 billion to Latin American and… pic.twitter.com/gVasKs9LF5
— Geopolitics & Empire (@Geopolitics_Emp) January 8, 2024
The demands also come at a critical time for President Joe Biden, who has faced criticism for his handling of the border crisis. With monthly migrant encounters reaching a staggering 240,000 at the border, Biden’s poll numbers on immigration have been consistently low during his presidency.
However, the Mexican president seems more interested in scoring political points than actually addressing the issue at hand. His statements, such as his recent claim that Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s immigration laws are meant to boost his popularity for a potential vice presidential candidacy, are nothing more than baseless speculation.
This is not the first time Lopez Obrador has antagonized American politicians over immigration matters. In July, he urged Hispanics not to vote for Abbott in response to Texas’ construction of buoys in the Rio Grande. The move was seen as a response to the deaths of two migrants in the river.
However, perhaps the most concerning aspect of this situation is the fact that the Mexican Foreign Ministry actually filed a complaint against Texas over the construction of these buoys. It is unacceptable for a foreign government to interfere in the domestic affairs of another country, especially when it comes to matters of national security.
Mexican president Obrador is trying to extort the US in order to perform and enforce his duty as described by international asylum law. https://t.co/zvOwsou5YT
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In addition, Lopez Obrador’s insistence on receiving billions of dollars in aid from the U.S. raises questions about his commitment to addressing the root causes of illegal immigration. Is he truly interested in stopping the flow of migrants, or is he simply trying to take advantage of a vulnerable situation?
It seems clear that Lopez Obrador is more interested in playing political games than working with the U.S. to find a solution to the ongoing border crisis. Instead of making outrageous demands and criticizing American politicians, perhaps he should focus on addressing the issues in his own country that are causing people to flee in the first place.
At the end of the day, the American people want a president who will put the safety and security of their country first. It is time for Lopez Obrador to stop playing games and start taking real action to address this crisis. The U.S. cannot and should not be expected to fulfill every demand from a foreign leader who is more concerned with their own political agenda than the well-being of their people.