Biden, Mexican president Lopez Obrador talk migration, coronavirus on first call

Mexico calls on Joe Biden to fix immigration status of Mexican nationals

Mexico has a major role to play in Mr Biden's plans for immigration reform.

Trudeau expressed Canada's "disappointment" with the Keystone decision, and Biden acknowledged the difficulties it has caused, said a federal official familiar with what was discussed. It seeks to establish firmer health protocols for people who seek entry to the U.S.

"Traditionally, U.S. Ambassadors to Canada have usually been figures who are personally close to the president, providing a strong channel between the two countries", he said.

"It's not always going to be flawless alignment with the United States; that's the case with any given president", he told a news conference outside his Rideau Cottage residence.

"In a situation where we are much more aligned - on values, on priorities, on the work that needs to be done to give everyone opportunities as we build a better future - I look forward to working with him".

The discussions, the Canadian statement said, would "advance the important work of renewing the deep and enduring friendship between Canada and the United States".

Thursday, Biden's first full day in office, will focus on the coronavirus pandemic, and Friday will highlight Biden's push for economic relief - including executive orders restoring federal employee collective bargaining rights and leading the government. agency action on safety net programs, including Medicaid and Unemployment Insurance.

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According to both countries, the leaders discussed Biden's decision to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, a project fiercely opposed by environmentalists but backed by Ottawa.

First proposed in 2008, the pipeline has become emblematic of the tensions between economic development and curbing the fossil fuel emissions that are causing climate change.

Trudeau has tried to balance the oil industry's desire for more pipelines with environmentalists' concerns.

FILE - Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference in Ottawa, July 13, 2020. Ontario Premier Doug Ford has publicly asked Biden to share a million doses made at Pfizer's MI facility.

Biden also called off several of Trump's attempts to withdraw from worldwide agreements, starting the process of rallying the Paris climate accord and stopping the United States from leaving the World Health Organization - where Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's leading infectious disease expert, will lead the U.S. delegation.

The two leaders also spoke broadly about trade, defense and climate issues. Most are from Central America and many live in shelters and cramped apartments in risky border towns or in a squalid tent city in Mexico's far northeast.

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