The Biden administration’s relationship with Mexico is off to a rocky start. Biden and Harris immediately reversed some of President Trump’s key immigration policies.
This includes the “remain in Mexico” agreement, in which asylum seekers had to wait in Mexico until the United States could hear their cases. The result has been the renewed mass migration of Central Americans through Mexico to the United States.
Kamala Harris had a virtual meeting with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to discuss these issues. Tensions ran high before the meeting even got underway, with Mexico’s president accusing the United States of undermining his country’s government. He alleged that under the Biden presidency, the US is funding an anti-corruption group that is seeking to subvert his administration.
Harris reportedly left the virtual meeting early, citing prior commitments — an action construed as rude. She's scheduled for an in-person visit to Mexico in June to continue discussions on the current border crisis.
ABC International reported,
Much has changed the attitude of the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, towards the White House after the departure of Donald Trump. At his first major meeting with the US vice president, who has recently assumed the task of solving the migration crisis at the border, the Mexican president has come accusing his northern neighbor of interventionist and financier of coup plotters, to which he has added the rudeness of communicating to Kamala Harris that she was not going to stay for the entire meeting – held virtually by the pandemic – for other commitments. Even so, in the face to face, López Obrador has said: “Let’s seek understanding, don’t fight.”
US News reported,
Mexico has sent a diplomatic note asking the United States to suspend funding for an anti-corruption group critical of the government, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday.
Lopez Obrador said the formal protest was sent because of financial backing for Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI), a group that investigates political corruption. The president says the group is seeking to undermine his government.
“It’s interference, it’s interventionism, it’s promoting coup plotters,” said Lopez Obrador, describing funding that includes money from the U.S. Agency for International Development, commonly known as USAID, as an affront to Mexico’s sovereignty.
“That’s why we’re asking that (the U.S. government) clarifies this for us. A foreign government can’t provide money to political groups.”
Lopez Obrador was later asked if he believed the U.S. government was seeking to remove him from office, and he responded that he did not believe that was the case.
Lopez Obrador, who has touted his good relations with both the previous Trump administration and the current Biden administration, was speaking shortly before a call with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris about immigration.