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Karin Dilge By Karin Dilge | Journalist and Industry Analyst - Mon, 10/23/2023 - 12:12

Judicial Power Protest. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that workers of the Judicial Branch have every right to protest, but he pointed out that the Sunday march was from the "conservative block." Moreover, he acknowledged that barricades were set up because there are "masked individuals" in the protests who are "very angry" and throw Molotov cocktails and use hammers.

He added that he agrees with the removal of the MX$15 billion (US$829 million) from the "stash" of the Judicial Branch's trusts to allocate it to 2 million scholarships for students from poor families. He asserted that most of the 22,000 Judicial Branch workers are in favor of these changes, as not all of them joined the protest. 

President López Obrador also criticized retired minister José Ramón Cossío for participating in the protest. 

Latin American Summit on Migration. President López Obrador stated that he will present to his US counterpart, Joe Biden, the results of the Latin American migration summit held over the weekend with heads of state and representatives from nearly a dozen countries in the region.

Mexico and Central America are dealing with an "unprecedented" migration flow, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), with as many as 16,000 migrants arriving at Mexican borders daily, according to López Obrador.

The Mexican leader assured that all the governments that participated in Sunday's meeting in Palenque will seek dialogue with the United States regarding the proposals. They are requesting more legal migration pathways and an end to "selective" measures that grant asylum to some nationalities, while resulting in the deportation of others. The United States will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from Nov. 14 to 16, and López Obrador has been invited to attend as Mexico is one of the member countries of the group.

López Obrador celebrated the agreements reached by Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, and Venezuela, with a particular focus on addressing the root causes of migration. He also noted that one of the agreements from the meeting was to "promote bilateral dialogue between the United States and Cuba to reach an agreement and resolve pending issues, especially those related to the embargo." 

The summit concluded on Sunday with a declaration that rejected "coercive measures," promised to respect the human right to migrate, and that called for more legal alternatives for migration to destination countries, primarily referring to North America. Participating governments outlined 14 points of agreement and argued that "external factors, such as unilateral and indiscriminate coercive measures, negatively impact entire populations, especially the most vulnerable individuals and communities."

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