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(NewsReady.com) – The United States’ relationship with its neighbors to the north and south are arguably its most important. Earlier this month, President Joe Biden welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to the White House for the first time since he took office in January. Although the meeting, dubbed the “Three Amigos Summit,” went well, it wasn’t without its issues.
Although the border crisis remains a point of contention between the US and Mexico, it wasn’t the only issue the leaders discussed when they met. According to the New York Post, Biden only made a passing mention of the raging crisis. López Obrador thanked his American counterpart for the way he has treated immigrants. He asked Biden, “Why not study the workforce demands, the labor demands and open the migratory flow?” He wants both the US and Canada to make it easier for migrants to live and work in their countries. In America, Biden is facing fierce opposition from the Right because of his lax immigration policies. Without a strong and secure border, it’s unlikely Republicans would ever agree to something like that.
The Mexican president pointed out that the ports are backlogged with container ships coming from China and other Asian countries. He said the US, Mexico, and Canada should start rebuilding their own factories to produce more goods at home. That would also help combat China’s growth.
The US and Canada don’t often have disagreements. Both nations work together very well. However, a recent policy by the Biden administration has led to some concern.
Biden wants to offer $12,500 tax credits for American-made electric vehicles as part of his “Build Back Better” plan. Trudeau doesn’t oppose tax credits for green energy initiatives as the two leaders are on the same page when it comes to that. But, he believed the policy could hurt his country’s manufacturers because the credit is only being offered to American manufacturers, incentivizing consumers to only buy from the US.
Canada could lose billions of dollars just as manufacturers are trying to make their operations more environmentally friendly. Biden has not indicated whether he’s taking the concerns seriously.
By and large, the Three Amigos Summit went well, but there are clearly issues the parties need to work out.
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