Migration policy between the US and Mexico in the next six years

By Manolo Pasero 

June 13, 2024

El Economista reported that President Biden's administration decided to delay a decision until after the Mexican presidential elections as a gesture of goodwill toward President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and to avoid affecting the candidacy of Dr. Claudia Sheinbaum.

The Biden administration decided to postpone the implementation of certain migration policies until after Mexico's presidential elections, as reported by El Economista. This decision is seen as a diplomatic gesture to build goodwill with Mexico and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's outgoing administration. President Biden aimed to avoid potential disruptions or controversies during the sensitive period leading up to the elections by delaying the decision.

The decision also demonstrated the Biden administration’s strategic approach to prioritize stability and cooperation in its relationship with Mexico. By abstaining from taking actions and choosing to wait until after the elections, following Dr. Claudia Sheinbaum’s landslide victory as the next president of Mexico, the US administration aimed to sustain a constructive dialogue and partnership with the Mexican government.

The decision underscores the importance of the bilateral relations between the United States and Mexico, strategically and economically. It shows the Biden administration's recognition of the need for mutual respect and collaboration in addressing shared challenges, such as migration, trade, and security. Overall, the decision to postpone certain actions reflects a nuanced approach to diplomacy, acknowledging the political dynamics at play in Mexico while reaffirming the commitment to strengthening ties between the two neighboring nations.

However, If Donald Trump were to win the presidency again, Dr. Claudia Sheinbaum could face several challenges in migration policy that could create hardships between Mexico and the United States: Increased pressure on Mexico to enforce immigration controls, potential renewal of the “Remain in Mexico” policy, threats of tariffs and economic pressure, diplomatic strain, and humanitarian concerns and public backlash.

To navigate these challenges, Dr. Sheinbaum would need to demonstrate strong leadership, diplomatic acumen, and a commitment to upholding Mexico’s values and obligations under international law while collaborating with other stakeholders.

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Migration policy between the US and Mexico in the next six years


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