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President López Obrador says Mexico will not accept the construction of border walls to control migratory flow

Mexico City, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says that the Government of Mexico does not accept the construction of border walls as a measure to control the migratory flow.

On Monday, he reiterated that attention to the causes of this phenomenon is a structural and humanistic solution.

“Of course, in advance, we do not want a wall on the border much less in our territory,” he clarified before the approach of the alleged intention of the US Government to install a containment barrier for people in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Leading the morning press conference, the president maintained that “what helps is to support countries with poor populations that do not have jobs and that have the option of migrating to find a life.”

He indicated that it is urgent to assist low income people in the countries of Central America and the Caribbean in order to prevent them from leaving their places of origin.

“It cannot be that there are 800 million poor people in the world who earn, live or survive on a dollar a day while a minority has immense fortunes. (…) It is a matter of inequality that is what it creates, along with corruption, because that is accompanied by usury, the looting of natural resources, that is what produces poverty, migration, health problems, violence,” he explained.

AMLO pointed out that the Joe Biden administration did not continue the construction of the wall on the northern border of Mexico. “The one who said ‘do not build’ was President Biden and that is recognized because it is also propaganda, with all due respect, publicity and that does not help at all,” he said.

President López Obrador announced that this month, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, will present to the United Nations the proposal for a world truce with the aim of ending the war between Russia and Ukraine and the consequences that this has derived like the global economic crisis.

“Five years, at least, without nuclear tests, without threats, without interventions, without participating in internal conflicts. Five years for governments to dedicate themselves, to attend to the needs of the people, the serious and great problems of each nation,” he said.

This proposal arises from the initiative of the President of Mexico and includes the creation of a committee led by Pope Francis, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the UN Secretary, António Guterres, who would promote dialogue as a mechanism for solution to world conflicts.

“Peace should be sought because the work to avoid that war was not done, neither by the leaders of the powers nor by the UN, but there is still time,” he said.