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No More Border Wall /Migrants Could Get US Citizenship

By Paloma Duran | Thu, 01/21/2021 - 11:07

Private health workers are being vaccinated. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that doctors, nurses and health personnel from private hospitals who attend COVID-19 patients are receiving the vaccine. “Today, health centers and hospitals will continue to apply the COVID-19 vaccine. We continue to advance in the protection of all health workers, and we are glad to announce that all states have their respective vaccines,” López Obrador said.

Campeche could see epidemiological yellow light. López Obrador said there is a possibility that Campeche will return to the epidemiological yellow light; however, the president emphasized that even if this happens, education workers will still be vaccinated. “Campeche has an epidemiological green light, but I don’t know if it will change to yellow after the recent evaluation. However, we will vaccinate the education workers to be on time with the educational plan,” said the president, referring to plans to open schools in the state in the third week of February. In addition, López Obrador said the government contemplates around 1,500 schools participating in the plan and will install vaccination and health centers near them.

Biden suspends the construction of the US-Mexico border wall. López Obrador applauded US President Joe Biden’s order to suspend the construction of the border wall. "We wish him the best of luck and we want to emphasize that with my government there won’t be problems. Our governments will be very clear and there will be mutual respect," López Obrador said. Yesterday, President Biden signed a decree that ends the construction of the border wall and with this executive order the national emergency issued by former President Donald Trump also ended. In addition, Biden signed an executive order to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects around 650,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children from deportation.

AMLO applauds Biden move on granting citizenship to migrants. López Obrador also applauded Biden’s migration policy that seeks to regularize Mexican residents and those of other nationalities who are living in the US and give them US citizenship. "We are not opposed to anything; on the contrary, we agree that this policy is necessary. However, we must ensure the independence and sovereignty of both countries and if these matters are respected, we support this policy that will be very beneficial for all," said López Obrador. Biden announced plans to address the causes of migration, especially in Central America, where violence, crisis, poverty and corruption have increased immigration to the US.  According to The Guardian, The US Citizenship Act of 2021 would allow undocumented workers to apply for temporary legal status and grant them the capacity to apply for green cards after five years. Meanwhile, “dreamers,” temporary protected status (TPS) holders and immigrant workers who comply with specific requirements would be qualified for green cards immediately. After three years, green cardholders can apply for citizenship.

AMLO says a call with Biden is not urgent. López Obrador said a call with the new US president is not necessary because they spoke before Biden’s inauguration and the Mexican government agrees with his initial proposals. “Both governments are communicating and working together. Currently, we do not have any urgent matters to discuss. What he is promoting in the US is what we are promoting in Mexico, so we agree on many issues,” the president said.

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The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Gobierno de México, Milenio, The Guardian
Photo by:   Gobierno de México
Paloma Duran Paloma Duran Journalist and Industry Analyst