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Mexico Says U.S. Agreed to Increase Work Visas for Mexicans and Central Americans

Farmers harvest vegetables near Salinas, California.
Farmers harvest vegetables near Salinas, California. Photo by Chris Stone

The United States agreed to increase the number of work visas for Mexicans and Central Americans during high-level talks in Washington this week, Mexico’s President said Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador he said Thursday.

“The number of (temporary) work visas to enter the United States will be greatly expanded,” he told a regular news conference on his return from Washington, where he met his US counterpart Joe Biden on Tuesday.

Lopez Obrador did not provide details.

While in Washington, López Obrador called on the United States to allow more legal work visas, but Biden went so far as to highlight existing programs used by Mexicans and Central Americans.

Washington did not confirm the visa increase on Thursday, saying only that visa access for Mexicans and Central Americans had already been increased and that the Biden administration would continue to work to expand access.

In a joint statement after the meeting, the governments said they would form a working group on labor migration pathways.

During his visit, López Obrador also spoke of planned investments of $40 billion in Mexico by US companies between now and 2024. On Thursday, he added that the spending would be mainly in the energy sector.

Billions of dollars in foreign investment in Mexico have been held back by disputes between companies and the government as Lopez Obrador tightens state control of the energy market.

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