MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday that progress is being made in talks with the United States on massive migration, and that the text has now been presented for a tripartite agreement on investment in Central America aimed at curbing that problem.
During his morning press conference, the president said that Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard has met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the proposal.
“A text has been presented for the possible signing of an investment agreement by companies and governments of Canada, the United States and Mexico, as well as Central American governments, in order to deal with the migratory phenomenon structurally and in depth,” Lopez Obrador said.
He said the Mexican government is “guaranteeing food, medical attention, protection and humanitarian assistance” for the thousands of Central Americans in the migratory caravans that have entered the country since mid-October in an attempt to reach the United States from the city of Tijuana, just across the border from San Diego.
He said he is ready to travel to the United States and sign an accord that “deals with the migration problem in depth, not only to benefit Central American countries but our own country as well, because it would mean investment, it would mean jobs, it would mean economic growth.”
At the same time, he said his government will promote legal reform to “make sure of democracy in the unions,” a measure that would form part of the new free trade agreement with the US and Canada.
He specified that the reform will make sure “there are no petty tyrants in the unions,” that there are no unions controlled by the government, and that elections will be clean “and it will be the workers who choose their representatives.”