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Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president

Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president
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President BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE will hold a virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the White House announced Friday. 

“In this virtual event, the two leaders will discuss cooperation on migration, joint development efforts in Southern Mexico and Central America, COVID-19 recovery, and economic cooperation,” White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiWhite House readies for Chauvin verdict The Memo: Russia tensions rise with Navalny's life in balance Top House Republicans ask Harris for meeting on border MORE said in a statement. 

The meeting Monday will be the second bilateral Biden has held with a world leader. The president held a similar virtual meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauCanadian MP apologizes after being spotted nude on camera during virtual meeting It's time to declare a national climate emergency In-person classes canceled in Toronto amid uptick in variant cases MORE this week.

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The meeting with López Obrador comes as Biden is in the early stages of pushing his immigration plan through Congress. The proposal seeks to deliver on a list of Biden’s campaign promises, including providing a path to citizenship for the young people brought to the U.S by their parents as children, allowing immigrant farmworkers and those with Temporary Protected Status to swiftly obtain green cards, and allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for green cards after five years.

However, the legislation has garnered staunch opposition from Republicans, underscoring the historical difficulty Congress has had in trying to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Mexico and the U.S. had a contentious relationship during the Trump administration.

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE launched a trade war with Mexico that was only resolved upon the creation of a new pact between Washington, Mexico City and Ottawa, and the White House looked to implement stringent immigration policies that put more onus on Mexico to deal with immigrants and asylum seekers at the border.