Negotiating with the United States is not easy. To do this, it is first necessary to understand how the neighboring country works internally and how its priorities are organized and distributed across various international channels and, therefore, they set the tone for the negotiations which They do with other countries. This largely determines which things are important and which are not when interacting (even if they are important to your counterpart). This sounds complicated, but in fact, if we can understand their motivations, the conversation will be more productive for both parties.
In this sense, as we have mentioned earlier, the issue of priority in bilateral relations with Mexico is the migration issue. And in this, there is a problem in President Biden’s administration, because although the number of people trying to cross from Mexico to the United States reaches record figures, the reality is that internally it has not been able to find the right position. Is, please form the basis of this. In recent times, President Biden – despite the recommendations of his cabinet and his advisers – determined that he would uphold the ban imposed by the Donald Trump administration on the maximum number of people who would receive asylum. This led to a lot of criticism among Democrats, as the issue is very relevant to them and they had to back down. However, Biden’s position is almost impossible: on the one hand, issue sanctions and allow more and more people to request asylum in the United States, but at the same time, preventing the flow of the border from overflowing (with problems) Stop it.
That said, Mexico’s role in this debate is important, as a large part of the control strategy occurs as our country fends off waves of Central American migrants arriving at the border. This is a priority for the United States. For this reason, it is not surprising that the United States determines that an offer made by Mexico in relation to a program that involves planting trees in lieu of legal residence has not yet received a positive response, because This is not its priority.
It seems that we are talking about two completely different things: for more context, as Mexico acts on the basis of its national priorities to appease the population, just as it would with the US. Is: Biden arrived with a specific agenda to complete what he now has to do. And many of those issues are at variance with Mexico (for example, investment in alternative energy, climate change, etc.). In that sense, if Mexico wants to have successful negotiations with the US, it has to understand what it means to it and whether it is willing to compromise. They have it very clear in Washington and want us to take bipartisan signs, where they define the signs; But Mexico can benefit if it can understand the logic behind it and negotiate intelligently. Then the question is: what does Mexico want to achieve with the United States?