VP Kamala Harris is planning to meet with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to speak regarding solutions to the border crisis, according to The Western Journal.
A possible solution is the “Planting Life” initiative.
López Obrador proposed the idea during a virtual climate discussion.
It was proposed that the U.S. government would extend temporary work visas with the possibility of earning citizenship to migrants that are willing to help work toward restoring forests in Mexico and Central America.
López Obrador suggested that this could “finance the Planting Life program in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.”
“The proposal is that we extend this program to southeastern Mexico and Central America, to plant 3 billion more trees and create 1.2 million jobs,” López Obrador explained.
Marcelo Ebrard tweeted, “The meeting will discuss cooperation to deal with the pandemic and Mexico’s proposal to extend the Planting Life program to Central America to deal with forced migration due to poverty,” Ebrard wrote in a follow-up tweet.
“It will be a productive and cordial conversation.”
From The Western Journal:
He claims the program would motivate farmers to stay on their land instead of migrating to the United States.
All that would truly make this meeting productive for the United States, though, is Harris rejecting the plan in its entirety. Thankfully, the vice president’s office did not mention Planting Life whatsoever in its statement, saying only that the meeting will focus on “the common goals of prosperity, good governance and addressing the root causes of migration” — so Americans could walk away from this meeting relatively unharmed.
It’s not surprising that Mexico would offer the Biden administration such a proposal as this, though, given that the White House already has elected to put America last in its immigration policy.
According to Customs and Border Protection data, Border Patrol agents encountered over 172,000 illegal immigrants in March alone, an increase of more than 70 percent from February’s already-staggering 101,028 encounters.
Further data shows that unaccompanied minors are also coming in droves to the border. 18,890 unaccompanied minors were encountered last month by Border Patrol agents, six times more than the number encountered in March 2020. Under Biden, twice as many children are in Border Patrol custody compared with the Trump administration.