US President Joe Biden on Friday unveiled a new set of measures to address the regional migration crisis. The unveiling took place during the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles.
Twenty countries joined Biden for the unveiling ceremony, but several more stayed away.
On the final day of the summit, the White House promoted a series of migrant programs agreed upon by countries in the Western Hemisphere. However, the media said that experts are skeptical about the effectiveness of measures aimed at creating a meaningful difference in the migration issue.
The measures include the United States and Canada pledging to welcome more guest workers, providing pathways for people from poorer countries to work in wealthier countries, and other countries agreeing to greater protections for migrants. Mexico has also agreed to accept more Central American workers, according to a White House statement.
“We are transforming our approach to managing migration in the Americas,” Biden said. “Each of us makes commitments that recognize the challenges we all share.”
Flags from 20 countries, several fewer than the total number of summit attendees, adorned the stage where Biden led the deployment. But even that number was only reached after days of American pressure.
It was another sign of tensions that marred the summit, undermining Biden’s efforts to reassert American leadership and counter China’s growing economic footprint in the region.
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