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World News December 30, 2023

Mexico, U.S. agree to strengthen cooperation to mitigate irregular migration

Mexico and the United States have strengthened their collaboration to address the root causes of irregular migration and combat human trafficking. Following an agreement between Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and U.S. President Joe Biden, high-level U.S. officials met with President Lopez Obrador in Mexico City. The countries reaffirmed their commitment to promoting orderly and humane migration, focusing on addressing poverty, inequality, and violence as root causes. Both nations pledged to enhance cooperation to disrupt human smuggling, trafficking, and criminal networks, emphasizing legal pathways for migration. The two delegations plan to meet again in the U.S. in January 2024 to further manage migration amid the regional crisis. In November, U.S. Customs and Border Protection recorded a significant number of migrant detentions along the border with Mexico, prompting increased collaborative efforts. The recent surge in daily migrant flows led to the partial closure of some border crossings.

Source – CGTN

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