Less than a week since his inauguration, Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is proving his commitment to his promise to advocate for the disadvantaged that he made on the campaign trail and throughout his transition period. This time, though, he’s advocating for Central American migrants’ employment opportunities – but this won’t fix the socio-economic issues endemic to the region.
“Lopez Obrador, who took office on Saturday, said he would discuss immigration with U.S. President Donald Trump in coming days, including increasing investment in southern Mexico and Central America.
“We are proposing investment in productive projects and in job creation, and not only that, also work visas for Mexico and for the United States,” he told a news conference, saying he would give more details “soon.”
Mexico and the United States have been in talks about how to manage the large groups moving through Mexico in caravans, with Lopez Obrador pushing for investment to address the poverty and crime that drive thousands of people every year from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
Lopez Obrador, soon after being elected in July, sent a letter to Trump suggesting they work together to address the root causes of immigration.
“It is very important to us that we reach an investment agreement between companies and governments, to create jobs in Central America and our country,” he said.
Lopez Obrador plans major infrastructure projects in the impoverished south of Mexico including his home state of Tabasco. He says those plans, including a refinery and two railways will provide jobs to Mexicans and Central Americans.”