Top US officials to visit Mexico for border talks as immigration negotiations with Congress continue

1 of 4 | White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre listens as National Security Council spokesman John Kirby speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) 2 of 4 | FILE – Luiz Velazquez, second from right, from Zacatecas, Mexico points to his family as he talks with a member of the U.S. Border Patrol as they join hundreds of migrants gathering along the border Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, in Lukeville, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) 3 of 4 | FILE – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks at the National Palace in Mexico City, Jan. 10, 2023. Mexico’s president vowed Monday, Dec. 11, 2023 to try to eliminate almost all remaining government oversight and regulatory agencies before he leaves office on Sept. 30, claiming they are “useless” and cost too much. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File) Read More 4 of 4 | Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives before a news conference with President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) WASHINGTON (AP) — A delegation of top U.S. officials is expected to visit Mexico soon as negotiations over how to enforce immigration rules at the two countries’ shared border continue on Capitol Hill. Republican and Democratic lawmakers are debating border policy changes as part of a larger conversation over U.S. assistance for Ukraine and Israel, which are top foreign policy priorities for the White House. The upcoming visit to Mexico comes amid controversy over the closure of two rail crossings in Texas earlier this week. U.S. officials said the personnel needed to be redeployed to handle high numbers of migrants illegally […]

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