The Biden administration’s decision to rely on Mexico for border security, consistent with the previous two administrations, has given Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador even more leverage to keep the United States out of non-migration-related problems in his country, namely corruption.
On Monday, the Washington Post acknowledged:
Mexico’s ability to limit migration has given its government significant leverage over an issue that is a political vulnerability for Biden. It also lands the Biden administration in the awkward position of asking Mexico to intensify its enforcement efforts after easing U.S. border controls by rolling back Trump-era policies, including deals made with López Obrador.
The Mexican president has explicitly blamed Biden’s welcoming tone for migrants for the crisis that is overwhelming resources and personnel at the U.S. side of the southern border.
On Monday, the Post noted:
Mexican officials, including Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, have been privately frustrated with