Biden Mexico visit – live: President inspects border for first time since taking office

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US president Joe Biden speaks with US Customs and Border Protection officers as he walks along a section of the US-Mexico border in El Paso

US president Joe Biden made a stop in El Paso, Texas on Sunday on his way to Mexico, walking along the border wall that separates the two countries for the first time since he entered office two years ago.

Mr Biden’s maiden visit to the border comes as he sought to address one of the most politically charged issues in the country, as he is expected to announce his re-election run for 2024 in the coming weeks.

Flanked by Border Patrol agents, Mr Biden visited a migrant centre, walked along a section of the border wall and briefly spoke to Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

He was accompanied by Home Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, several Democratic members of Congress from the area, the mayor of El Paso as well as several local heads of charitable organisations.

First lady Jill Biden will later join Mr Biden for a three-day summit in Mexico beginning today with Mr Obrador and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau to discuss energy, economic cooperation, immigration and drug trafficking, especially fentanyl.

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Biden says summit with deepen shared priorities for North America

“I’m in Mexico to meet with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada at the North American Leaders’ Summit,” Joe Biden tweeted ahead of the 10th North American Leaders’ Summit in Mexico.

Mr Biden said the gathering will deepen the countries’ coordination and advance shared priorities for North America.

Shweta Sharma9 January 2023 07:30
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Texas governor confronts Biden at airport after complaining he wasn’t invited to border visit

Joe Biden was confronted by the governor of Texas on the tarmac yesterday after the latter complained hours earlier that he had only been extended an invitation to meet him as an afterthought.

The moment occurred as Mr Biden touched down in the Lone Star State for a trip to the US-Mexico border, where he met with agents from US Customs and Border Protection as well as local elected leaders.

Greg Abbott handed the president a letter outlining his concerns about the number of migrants encountered in the US-Mexico border region, which has steadily risen in the two years Mr Biden has been in office. The letter concluded with a list of demands that included steps not even taken by the Trump administration during the latter’s four years in power.

Those steps included declaring drug cartels to be international terrorist groups, potentially authorising US military action against them, as well as greatly expanding detentions and deportations of undocumented immigrants.

Shweta Sharma9 January 2023 06:30
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Biden to meet López Obrador and Justin Trudeau in Mexico today

Joe Biden will be greeted by his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at the Felipe Ángeles International Airport to kick off the first three-day North American Leaders’ Summit in a decade.

Mr Biden will first hold a closed-door meeting with the Mexican president at the National Palace before Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s arrival at 2.40pm local time.

Mr Biden will hold the summit with Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Mr Trudeau to discuss border issues, energy, economic cooperation and drug trafficking, especially fentanyl.

The summit will largely be focused on discussions to combat undocumented immigration and drug trafficking amid ongoing chaos in the country following the arrest of the son of El Chapo Guzmán, whose henchmen are now rampaging across Culiacán.

Following the 10th North American Leaders’ Summit, the three leaders will deliver statements to the media in the afternoon.

First lady Jill Biden is also travelling to Mexico to join Mr Biden and participate in an official welcome ceremony by the Mexican president.

Shweta Sharma9 January 2023 05:30
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Biden takes first presidential trip to US-Mexico border as officials report surge of crossings

Joe Biden visited El Paso, Texas as his administration faces important questions about how to address the ongoing tide of thousands of Central- and South Americans hoping to seek asylum in the US every month.

The president’s voyage marks his first trip to the US-Mexico border as commander-in-chief and comes specifically as his administration is fighting in the courts to end Title 42, a controversial public health protocol used by both the Trump administration and now his own as legal justification for turning migrants away at the border.

The Biden administration has seen levels trend up significantly since before the president took office, and most recently saw more than 227,000 migrants stopped by border agents in September, the most recent month for which data is available. More than 70,000 were expelled that month under Title 42.

Read John Bowden’s full report.

Shweta Sharma9 January 2023 04:45
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Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Joe Biden’s visit to Mexico for a North American summit, as well as his first presidential inspection of the US-Mexico border.

Shweta Sharma9 January 2023 04:35

Source: independent.co.uk