President Biden has expressed gratitude toward Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for apprehending Néstor Isidro Pérez Salas, who is accused of being the cartel’s top security chief and infamous fentanyl trafficker.
The Sinaloa Cartel, which was established in 1987 by the now-convicted drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, had Salas, alias “El Nini,” as its chief of security. His detention comes after that of Ovidio Guzmán López, another commander of the Chapitos, who was apprehended and deported earlier this year.
American drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is now receiving a life sentence for his crimes; the US government claims that “El Nini” was an acquaintance of Guzman’s sons. Several Guzman’s kids, referred to the US officials as the “Chapitos” or “The Little Chapos,” took over the Sinaloa cartel after their father’s life term in jail.
On Friday, Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised to collaborate in the fight against illegal fentanyl trafficking into the United States and the management of the increasing migratory flow toward the border. With Mexico and the US working together, “nothing is beyond our grasp in my opinion,” Biden said.
Because Biden is not afraid to criticize Mexico on issues like fentanyl manufacturing and the murder of journalists, his relationship with López Obrador has been strained at times. Last year, during a meeting in Los Angeles when world leaders discussed migration, López Obrador boldly refused to attend since the United States had excluded Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela from the gathering. Additionally, he reconsidered his decision not to attend the APEC summit this year.
Up to 100,000 individuals from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador with relatives in the United States would be able to reside and work in Mexico, and the country has already committed to welcoming border-turned-migrants from Nicaragua, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba, and Cuba. With 18,860 asylum applicants this year, surpassing the figure for all of 2022, Haitians continue to lead the list of countries sending people to Mexico seeking protection.
Assuming they enter lawfully, have suitable sponsors, and pass screening and background checks, the United States proposes hiring 30,000 individuals from these four nations monthly for two years.