Top officials from the United States and Mexico met in Washington, DC, on January 19, 2024, to continue their discussion and cooperation on efforts to reduce the flow of migrants heading to the United States from Mexico, which has fallen since the start of 2024, due in part to Mexico’s resumption of enforcement efforts that had been paused. According to reports, the discussion included a variety of topics, and no major announcements resulted.
After a visit by U.S. officials to Mexico in late December, the two countries issued a joint communique reaffirming their mutual commitment to “orderly, humane and regular migration.” Topics discussed included addressing the root causes of migration; initiatives for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans; enhanced efforts to disrupt human smuggling and trafficking; and promoting legal migration pathways. Also discussed were bilateral trade and the benefit of regularizing the situation of long-term undocumented Hispanic migrants and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients. The new meeting in January was a continuation of those discussions.