Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador urged for extra help from america and Canada in coping with North America’s migration challenges in a press conference held on Friday to handle the protected launch of current kidnapped migrants.
On December 30, 32 migrants on a bus from the Mexican metropolis of Monterrey to Matamoros had been intercepted by 5 armed automobiles, extorted for ransom and held hostage till their launch on January 3. It was understood that after the migrants arrived in Matamoros, they might be crossing illegally to the bordering metropolis of Brownsville, Texas. Of the 32 kidnapped, 26 had been Venezuelan and 6 had been Honduran, that is according to the high number of Venezuelan migrants that sought to cross the US-Mexican border in 2023.
President Obrador prompt that america Congress approve a “plan like that of the Alliance for Progress … which meant investing in Latin America, within the Caribbean”. The Alliance for Pregress was a $2o billion mortgage proposed in 1961 by the Kennedy administration to “promote democracy and undertake significant social reform” in Latin America. Nevertheless, it has been reported the Alliance was not entirely successful, with the US Division of State stating that “solely 2 % of financial progress in Nineteen Sixties Latin America straight benefited the poor; and there was a normal deterioration of United States-Latin American relations by the top of the Nineteen Sixties.“
Obrador hopes that the North American relationship Mexico has with Canada and the US can finally be prolonged to the entire Americas:
The perfect is that our Venezuelan, Honduran, Colombian, Guatemalan, and Ecuadorian brothers don’t depart, that they’ve choices, alternate options, job alternatives of their cities, which is what we’ve got been insisting with america authorities, that we are able to promote collectively a growth and cooperation plan in Latin American, Central American and Caribbean international locations, so that individuals have job alternatives.
Moreover, Obrador urged the U.S. to supply visas to allegedly “at least 10 million Hispanics who’ve been working actually in america for greater than 10 years” in an effort to help protected and everlasting migration paths.