US, Mexico to Work Jointly to Address Root Causes of Migration

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The United States and Mexico have committed to a new partnership to address the “root causes” of irregular migration from Central America, Symone Sanders, senior advisor to US Vice President Kamala Harris, said on Tuesday.

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Sanders was quoted in a press release: “To address root causes of migration in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, the United States joined Mexico in a new strategic partnership to share information and strategies and co-manage new programs to foster economic opportunity through agricultural development and youth empowerment.”

The United States has also pledged to provide $130 million to support Mexican workers’ protections over the next three years.

In a separate press release, the White House said that the United States and Mexico had agreed to hold high-level talks to discuss trade and security matters of mutual interest. In addition, the two countries agreed to schedule a high-level meeting in September to discuss expanding bilateral trade cooperation and collaboration.

Moreover, the release said the United States would aim to create $250 million in new investment and sales for the local economy in southern Mexico.

These commitments are part of a memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries earlier on Tuesday during Harris’ trip to Mexico City to attend a bilateral meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

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