A ragged migrant tent camp next to the Rio Grande is a long way from Mexico’s National Palace, where a U.S. delegation met this week with Mexico’s president seeking more action to curb a surge of migrants reaching the U.S. border.
But as Mexican officials in the city of Matamoros dispatched bulldozers to clear out what they claimed were abandoned tents at the camp, the action was a likely sign of things to come.
The United States has given clear signs, including temporarily closing key border rail crossings into Texas, that it wants Mexico to do more to stop migrants hopping freight cars, buses and trucks to the border.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he got a worried phone call on Dec. 20 from U.S. President Joe Biden.
“He asked, Joe Biden asked to speak with me, he was worried about the situation on the border because of the unprecedented number of migrants arriving at the border,” López Obrador said Thursday. “He called me, saying we had to look for a solution together.”