President Biden tours El Paso on first U.S.-Mexico border visit

EL PASO, Texas — President Joe Biden visited the US-Mexico border city of El Paso, his first trip since taking office, before meeting leaders in Mexico City for this week’s North American Leaders’ Summit.

The President arrived at El Paso International Airport on Sunday afternoon. He was greeted on the runway by Gov. Greg Abbott and gave a letter.

Biden’s trip came after a significant increase in migrant border crossings was reported despite Section 42 remains in place. Pandemic-era policies have given the US the power to quickly turn down migrants and asylum seekers at the border due to COVID-19.

The Biden administration seeks to raise Title 42but several states are fighting to keep it.

On Thursday, Biden announced a border policy plan that would allow 30,000 migrants a month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela to enter the US and work legally for up to two years.

However, in order to qualify, migrants undergo background checks, apply from their home country, and arrange for financial support in the United States. It is reported by the Texas Tribune.

After stopping by the president in the border city, he will meet with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Mexico City on Monday and Tuesday at the NAL summit.

It is expected that drug trafficking and immigration will be one of the main topics of discussion at the summit. It is reported by the Associated Press.

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