Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador thanked U.S. President Joe Biden for not building "even one meter of wall" at the border, the Western Journal reported. Lopez Obrador made these remarks Tuesday during a meeting in Mexico City.
The two leaders also met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the National Palace for the 2023 North American Leaders’ Summit. It's been nicknamed the "Three Amigos" Summit for the cozy relationship between the trio.
"We have said this and I repeat it today — I insist on this: You, President Biden, you are the first president of the United States in a very long time that has not built not even one meter of wall," Lopez Obrador told Biden. “And that — we thank you for that, sir, although some might not like it — although the conservatives don’t like it," he claimed.
The border wall was just one of many of former President Donald Trump's policies that Biden rolled back almost immediately after taking office. Trump had declared a national emergency that granted him the funding necessary to build the wall.
Democrats claimed a wall was xenophobic and not helpful in stemming the tide of illegal immigration. However, it's hard to deny that Biden's inaction has contributed to the unprecedented illegal immigration currently taking place.
Biden mentioned fixing the problem in his remarks from the White House Thursday, although it rings hollow considering what's been happening. "We have a big agenda that ranges from the climate crisis to economic development and other issues," Biden said.
"But one important part of that agenda is strengthening our border between our nations," he claimed. If he's already working on it, it's clear Biden is doing a lousy job.
In the Fiscal Year 2021, there were more than 1.7 million encounters with illegal immigrants, Fox News reported. However, that number jumped to 2.3 million in Fiscal Year 2022 -- and the trend looks to be even worse this year compared to the same time last fiscal year.
The Biden administration hasn't put forth many solutions. Although gaps in the border wall in Yuma, Arizona, will be closed this month, the primary approach for stemming the tide of illegal immigration from Central America continues to be the squishy "root causes" approach.
Biden has also been pressing Congress for sweeping immigration reform that includes amnesty, seemingly at the behest of Lopez Obrador. "I've asked President Biden to insist before the U.S. Congress to regularize the migration situations of millions of Mexicans who have been in the states working, living in the United States, and contributing to the development of that great nation, which is the United States of America," he said.
Despite the ongoing problems, it was only recently that Biden even bothered to visit the border. As part of his trip to Mexico, Biden toured the hard-hit border town of El Paso, Texas.
"On my way here, I stopped in El Paso, Texas, to see the situation with my own eyes and to meet with U.S. border security officials," Biden claimed Tuesday. "It's putting real strain on the communities in both Mexico and the United States."
However, rather than view the situation for what it was -- and risk the bad optics -- Border Patrol and local police officers cleared the streets ahead of his visit, according to the New York Post. Predictably, as soon as his three-hour visit was over, migrants flowed right back into the city.
Of all the issues Biden has fumbled, immigration is the most glaring. If his actions weren't a clear enough signal of his unwillingness to stop illegal immigration, the accolades from the likes of Lopez Obrador say it all.