Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that his government would grant one-year temporary visas to Central Americans, allowing them to work on Mexico’s public projects.
López Obrador emphasized that Mexico can issue visas to workers from Central America without affecting the local workforce. He also mentioned receiving a letter from U.S. President Joe Biden, congratulating him on his efforts in migration issues and expressing a commitment to invest more in Central America and the Caribbean.
The two presidents are working jointly on migration policies, which are still being refined.
López Obrador highlighted the need for a workforce in Mexico, particularly for the public projects promoted during his administration. He acknowledged the shortage of workers in various fields. He mentioned efforts to send individuals to Europe for training, including train conductors and mechanics for the Tren (Train) Maya.
While the specific procedure to obtain the temporary work visa for potential workers from Central American countries like Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua was not clarified by López Obrador, the announcement reflects ongoing collaboration between Mexico and the United States to address the humanitarian crisis at the border and provide support to the region.
As part of the agreement, Mexico would continue accepting immigrants from Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba, and Nicaragua who are rejected at the U.S. border. Additionally, up to 100,000 individuals from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador with family ties in the United States would be allowed to live and work in Mexico.