According to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, he and Vice President Kamala Harris talked about “the complete opening” of the 2,000 mile border between the United States and Mexico. The announcement comes after the border has been closed to non-essential travel between the two countries.
Obrador tweeted, “We spoke again with Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States. In good terms, we dealt with the immigration issue, the complete opening of the northern border to reactivate our economies and continue with mutual cooperation to face the pandemic.”
Volvimos a conversar con Kamala Harris, vicepresidenta de Estados Unidos. En buenos términos, tratamos el asunto migratorio, la completa apertura de la frontera norte para reactivar nuestras economías y continuar con la mutua cooperación para enfrentar la pandemia de #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/7XeNVyJGRW
— Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) August 9, 2021
“The White House said the two leaders discussed ongoing bilateral cooperation to address ‘irregular migration’ to the shared U.S.-Mexican border, and agreed to focus on bolstering Central American economies through investment in agriculture and climate resilience,” Reuters reported, adding, “The U.S. vice president also told Lopez Obrador that Washington was committed to sending additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Mexico, on top of the 4 million doses already delivered, the White House said.”
Lopez Obrador told a morning news conference earlier that day, “This is what I’m going to suggest today, that we can demonstrate that we’re not putting the population at risk.”