Up First briefing: Top U.S. officials visit Mexico; 'Parasite' actor Lee Sun-kyun dies

Good morning. You’re reading the Up First newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox, and listen to the Up First podcast for all the news you need to start your day. Today’s top stories U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and White House Homeland Security Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall travel to Mexico today to discuss immigration enforcement with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The meeting comes as an unprecedented number of migrants as an unprecedented number of migrants crosses the countries’ border into the United States. Migrants huddling for warmth at an unofficial detention camp in Jacumba, Calif. “What’s unfolding at the border is a humanitarian crisis like I haven’t seen in my years of reporting,” NPR’s Jasmine Garsd says on Up First. Advocates tell her there’s a lot of fear that Washington is returning to Trump-era policies with no access to asylum in the U.S. They also point to serious human rights abuses since the U.S. delegated immigration enforcement to Mexico. Garsd adds that there’s a sense of urgency to this meeting, as immigration will be a centerpiece of the Republican presidential campaign heading into an election year. In addition to immigration, the economy will also be a major deciding factor in next year’s presidential election. It’s shown some strong signs lately: Inflation is cooling, unemployment is low, job growth is better than expected and Americans spent record amounts this holiday season. Still, President Biden isn’t benefiting politically. Americans aren’t looking at the economy “in a macroeconomics kind of way,” which makes it harder for them to feel these positive trends, NPR’s Domenico Montanaro says. As inflation slows, so does the rise in prices. Montanaro adds that Biden has to hope for more economic good news and that the Federal […]

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