U.S. and Mexico Seek Warmer Relationship

Mar 5, 2021  | 2 min  | Ep4629

One sector looking to replenish jobs is agricultural farm labor. President Biden met last week with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and this week, he continued his tour of USMCA countries.

Peter Tubbs reports.  

This week, the Presidents of the United States and Mexico met virtually to discuss the long list of issues that are simmering between the countries: trade, the coronavirus pandemic, immigration, and the national security of each nation.
Joe Biden, U.S. President: "The United States and Mexico are stronger when we stand together. There's a long and complicated history between our nations that haven't always been perfect neighbors with one another. But we have seen over and over again the the power and the purpose when we cooperate. And we're safer when we work together, whether it's addressing the challenges of our shared border, or getting this pandemic under control."
The shared border was a focal point of the Trump Administration, which replaced roughly 600 miles of existing fence along the nearly 2,000 mile border during its tenure. 
American demand for farm labor over the last 20 years has risen, and the industry still employs half a million foreign born workers to harvest the nation’s fields and milk the country’s cows. Up to half of those workers emigrate from Mexico. (USDA data from 2018)
Maintaining a supply of inexpensive seasonal workers for agriculture has challenged previous administrations. The Biden White House has signaled a less provocative stance towards the country’s third largest trading partner.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador welcomes the lowering of the political temperature.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexican President: “ I believe that our proximity will allow us to develop better in these times, to integrate ourselves as has been done with the treaty, for North America to complement itself, to integrate itself, economically and commercially. It will make us stronger.” 
For Market to Market, I’m Peter Tubbs
Grinnell Mutual Insurance