‘It’s Good For Mexico’: AMLO Welcomes Biden Administration Immigration Reforms

By Kendal Blust
Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 5:08pm

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Gobierno de Mexico
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wished President Joe Biden well ahead of the inauguration on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

Wishing President Joe Biden well Wednesday, Mexico’s president urged the new administration to immediately fulfill campaign promises to enact immigration reform, including dual citizenship for Mexicans working in the United States.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador praised Biden’s plans to prioritize pandemic relief, economic reactivation and most importantly immigration reform.

"We have been proposing that they give legal status to our countrymen, that have spent years working in that country, contributing to the development of that great nation," he said, adding that there are as many as 38 million Mexicans living in the U.S. "So, this is the proposal that I think will be reaffirmed today, in the coming days, by the president, and it’s good for Mexico. This, along with support for Central American countries and southern Mexico to confront the migration phenomenon with development and well being.”

López Obrador thanked Donald Trump for his treatment of Mexico while in office. But says he has no doubt he’ll also enjoy a good relationship with President Biden — whose White House has released details of proposed immigration reforms that include a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people.

Wishing President Joe Biden well Wednesday, Mexico’s president urged the new administration to immediately fulfill campaign promises to enact immigration reform, including dual citizenship for Mexicans working in the United States.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador praised Biden’s plans to prioritize pandemic relief, economic reactivation and most importantly immigration reform.

"We have been proposing that they give legal status to our countrymen, that have spent years working in that country, contributing to the development of that great nation," he said, adding that there are as many as 38 million Mexicans living in the U.S. "So, this is the proposal that I think will be reaffirmed today, in the coming days, by the president, and it’s good for Mexico. This, along with support for Central American countries and southern Mexico to confront the migration phenomenon with development and wellbeing.”

López Obrador thanked Donald Trump for his treatment of Mexico while in office. But says he has no doubt he’ll also enjoy a good relationship with President Biden - whose White House has released details of proposed immigration reforms that include a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people.

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