Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will present to President Joe Biden an agreement that would allow Mexican citizens to migrate legally to the United States, in the virtual meeting they will have this Monday.
“If there are those who want, not out of necessity, but to make a living elsewhere, to work in the United States, they can do so, but legally through an agreement with the U.S. government, that is one of the things we want to raise at the meeting,” López Obrador said on Saturday.
The president said that Mexico is “the spark plug for the growth of North America due to the quality of its labor force”.
“If you don’t have Mexican labor, how do you guarantee the increase of production in the United States? That is why we are proposing an agreement, of course the main thing, the fundamental thing, is that we develop ourselves,” he said.
According to AMLO, the United States will need between 600,000 and 800,000 workers per year. He added that if Mexico and the U.S. work on a new immigration system, the U.S. will be able to fill all those vacancies.
In addition, he said that the regularization of the migratory flow would not only benefit Mexican migrants, but also Central American migrants.