Mexican President Says Migrants Will Flood America Unless They Meet His Demands

( – During a “60 minutes” interview that aired on March 24, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador discussed his role in curbing the flow of illegal migration into the United States at its border with Mexico.

Back in January, Obrador released a list of demands from the United States that he believed would end the massive illegal migration surge. The list included aid to the tune of $20 billion per year to Latin American countries, amnesty for some illegal migrants working in the United States, the lifting of sanctions on Venezuela, and the termination of the Cuban embargo.

While some have viewed Obrador’s demands as a form of blackmail, he defended his remarks during the interview. He told CBS correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi that Mexico was helping slow illegal migration but argued that he wanted the United States to look at the root causes of illegal migration. When President Biden designated Vice President Kamala Harris as the border czar, his administration vowed to address those root causes. Alfonsi asked Obrador what would happen if the United States failed to comply with his demands, to which he said, “The flow of migrants will continue.” Obrador said that his frank speech was because of his belief that brutal honesty was necessary.

Alfonsi asked Obrador if he would continue to help slow the flow of illegal migration if the United States did not fulfill his requests. He replied, “Yes, because our relationship is very important.” Millions upon millions of illegal migrants have made their way into the United States since Biden took office. The United States has experienced an increased surge since the beginning of the new year, with no signs of a slowdown in sight. Texas has taken matters into its own hands to deter illegal migrants from crossing outside ports of entry, but the Biden administration has brought legal challenges to nearly every policy implemented by the state.

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