As caravans of Central American migrants continue to pour into Mexico US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, expressed hope on November 22nd that the US would collaborate with the incoming Mexican presidency to stimulate jobs in the country.
"I look forward to working with the incoming Mexican government on all aspects of our relationship, including exploring opportunities to spur job creation in the region...to benefit the government and people of Mexico," said Pompeo in a statement released by the US State Department.
Mexico’s President-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, will assume office on December 1st after a sweeping victory in July. Obrador leads a new leftist party, MORENA, and is allied with both the socialist Labor Party (PT) and a right-wing Christian-conservative party (PES).
After gaining 53% of the vote, Obrador became the first presidential candidate since 1988 to win an outright majority and the first candidate not from the Institutional Revolutionary Party to do so in the last hundred years.
On November 22nd, the Pompeo also said he had held a "constructive meeting with Mexican Foreign Secretary-designate, Marcelo Ebrard, during which migrant caravans going from Central America through the Mexican territory to the United States had been discussed.” "We have affirmed our shared commitment to addressing the current challenge. The caravans will not be permitted to enter the United States. There are real dangers to the safety and human rights of migrants from those who would prey on them," Pompeo said.
The desire for migrant caravans from Central America seeking entrance to the US has been a high-profile issue since October when caravans of hundreds of migrants moving toward the US border with Mexico quickly swelled to thousands. This week the Mexican Interior Ministry estimated that 5,600 migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have gathered in Mexican cities near the US border.
In response, Mexican authorities have launched a migrant support programme that has encouraged some caravan members to stay in the country. At the same time, the White House has ordered the movement of more troops to the border areas to help support efforts to prevent migrants from crossing into the United States.