Immigration and border security have been much-debated topics in the United States over the past few weeks. The Supreme Court heard arguments in a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas against Biden that seeks to keep former President Donald Trump‘s “Remain in Mexico” policy — which says that refugee migrants must wait out their asylum cases in Mexico or some other country.
Biden’s administration has tried to junk the policy, but federal appellate courts have ruled so far that the program is not discretionary — meaning a president can’t simply cut it.
Also this week, a federal judge paused Biden’s plan to end Title 42 — a federal law allowing the United States to expel migrants quickly into Mexico on COVID-19 grounds. Trump used Title 42 to begin expelling migrants and Biden set it to expire late next month.
The judge’s decision, however, pauses the plan and it will be evaluated at a hearing on May 13.
At Friday’s meeting, Biden is also expected to raise Mexico’s neutrality regarding the Russian war in Ukraine. In the past, Gen. Glen Van Herck, the head of the U.S. Northern Command, has accused Mexico of being soft on Russian espionage.
Biden and Obrador met in person at the White House last November.