MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Saturday he would offer a ‘Bracero’ type immigrant work program to US President Joe Biden in a video call between the two leaders scheduled for Monday .
The Bracero program allowed Mexicans to work temporarily in the United States to fill labor shortages during World War II and after. López Obrador said the US economy needs Mexican workers because of “their strength, their youth.”
He suggested he wanted permission for 600,000 to 800,000 Mexican and Central American immigrants to legally work in the United States each year.
“You (Americans) are going to need Mexican and Central American workers to produce, to grow,” López Obrador said of what he plans to say to Biden. “It is better that we start to bring order to the migratory flows.”
Biden has proposed legislation to give legal status and a path to citizenship for all of the estimated 11 million people in the country who do not have it.
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