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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to Visit Mexico to Discuss Border Opening

Homeland Security secretary to meet with Mexican officials to discuss border crisis

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will be in Mexico on June 14 and 15, where he will discuss with Mexican authorities the possible reopening of the common border, closed for more than a year due to the covid-19 pandemic.

“Mr. Mayorkas is coming on June 14 and will be with us on June 15 and one of the main topics will be this, which has been the insistence of Mexico during all this time”, revealed on Wednesday the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador addressed the border issue during the meeting he had on Tuesday at the National Palace with the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, who is touring Guatemala and Mexico to address the migratory crisis.

In a press conference with López Obrador, Ebrard said Wednesday that “the border issue was touched upon” because “it is one of Mexico’s main concerns,” since the closure of non-essential land travel since March 2020 has left “a very big impact.”

According to the Mexican Foreign Minister, Harris committed to create a “working group” with Mexico to analyze the reopening of the border and yesterday the White House presented the members who will represent the United States in this group.

President López Obrador explained to Harris the Mexican Government’s plan to rapidly vaccinate everyone over 18 years of age in the 39 Mexican border municipalities.

For this purpose, the one million Janssen vaccines that Kamala Harris herself promised a week ago to give to Mexico will be used.

Ebrard estimated that these drugs “will be arriving in Mexico by the end of the week” and announced that Mayorkas, with whom he has been in telephone contact during the last few weeks, will arrive in Mexico next week.

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