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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday, Oct. 7, said that his administration will continue to pressure the United States to increase investment in southern Mexican and Central American countries during the upcoming bilateral high-level security meetings.

The first U.S.-Mexico High-Level Security Dialogue is set to take place in Mexico City on Friday, Oct. 8, with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick Garland attending.

“The immigration problem has to be addressed by creating work opportunities and wellbeing in the places from which the migrants originate so that before they leave those towns and abandon their families, risking it all, they have the option to work where they were born,” López Obrador said during his daily press conference Thursday.

“That will be the main focus of our meetings.”

Currently, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is facing an avalanche of migrants crossing over illegally from the United States’ southern border with Mexico.

Consequently, one of the major concerns for the United States is finding a way for Mexico to cooperate in slowing the migrant surge from the south.

The United States will also no doubt want to press Mexico on its refusal to grant visas for 24 DEA agents, which is contributing to a significant decay in the security relationship between the two countries.

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