In Mexico Relationship, Biden Prioritizes 'Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion' Over Immigration and National Security

President Joe Biden passed up a chance last week to press his Mexican counterpart about the unprecedented border crisis and escalating cartel violence. Instead, he chose to discuss "diversity, equity, and inclusion" and "climate change" initiatives.

One day after Biden's Jan. 9 sitdown with Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the White House released a list of six "commitments" secured through the meeting. At the top of that list is a pledge to advance "diversity, equity, and inclusion," with Biden and López Obrador vowing to "promote racial justice," "expand protections for LGBTQI+ individuals," and "foster Indigenous-led growth." Second on the list is a commitment to "tackle the climate crisis" and implement "ambitious cuts to emissions."  National security and immigration, however, ranked much lower—Biden listed those issues last and third to last, respectively.

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