Mexican president, US counterpart to discuss irregular migration next week
7 July 2022 13:12

Mexican president, US counterpart to discuss irregular migration next week

BOGOTA, Colombia. KAZINFORM Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday that he will present a proposal for a «bold» immigration policy to his US counterpart Joe Biden when he meets with him on July 12 at the White House, Anadolu Agency reports.

Speaking at a daily news conference, Lopez Obrador said the migration crisis both nations are facing will be the leading topic of discussion.

He said the aim of the policy is to regulate the migratory flow between the two countries.

The US Customs and Border Protection Office said it detected more than 1.7 million undocumented immigrants on the border with Mexico in the fiscal year 2021.

Lopez Obrador said part of the joint plan he will present to Biden includes the negotiation of work visas for farmers, workers and professionals.

«We will have recommendations on agreeing on labor problems, regulating migration flows and legalizing the hiring of workers,» he noted.

The announcement came after at least 53 people were found dead in a tractor-trailer in the US state of Texas last week.

Authorities found dozens of deceased migrants inside the back of the truck in San Antonio amid high temperatures on June 27.

Lopez Obrador said 22 Mexicans were among the dead.

Biden described the deaths as «horrifying and heartbreaking» and said the tragedy «underscores the need to go after the multibillion-dollar criminal smuggling industry preying on migrants and leading to far too many innocent deaths.»


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«The United States Senate confirmed Daniel N. Rosenblum, Career Member of the Senior Executive Service, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Kazakhstan. Congratulations, Ambassador Rosenblum! We look forward to having you here,» the Embassy said in a post.

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The meetings with the White House, the U.S. State Department officials and the US Commission on International Religious Freedom representatives allowed to discuss a wide range of issues, including the implementation of political reforms and democratic transformations in Kazakhstan, regional security, nuclear non-proliferation, further efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions to be held in Nur-Sultan.

The parties commended the recent visit of Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi to the United States as it provided an impetus for further deepening the Enhanced Strategic Partnership.

Akan Rakhmetullin stressed the country's commitment to the universal principles of human rights, including advancing the freedom of religion. The U.S. partners expressed their readiness to assist in promoting the political reforms.

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Death toll from lightning strike near White House rises to three
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WASHINGTON. KAZINFORM The death toll from the lightning strike near the White House Thursday evening has risen to three, Xinhua reports.

Washington, D.C. police told reporters on Friday afternoon that a 29-year-old man died from his injuries caused by the lightning strike in Lafayette Square just north of the White House.

An elderly couple from Wisconsin, both in their 70s, also succumbed to their injuries. The condition of the other individual who was injured alongside the three victims has not been released.

Emergency personnel previously said all four involved in the incident «had critical life-threatening injuries.»

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued a statement on Friday, saying that they are «saddened by the tragic loss of life» after the lightning strike in Lafayette Park.

«Our hearts are with the families who lost loved ones, and we are praying for those still fighting for their lives,» the statement read.

The United States has seen at least 12 lightning fatalities so far this year, according to the National Lightning Safety Council.

«This is a sad reminder that you should never shelter under a tree when thunderstorms approach,» the organization tweeted on Friday.