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Latin America “is not the backyard, it is the front yard of the US”, says Biden

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the president of U.S, Joe Bidenassured this Wednesday that Latin America is not the backyard of his country, but the front.

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“We used to talk as a young man in college about America’s backyard, but it’s not the backyard, I think south of the Mexican border is America’s front yard. We’re equal people,” Biden said. at a press conference on the occasion of his first year in power, which will take place tomorrow, Thursday.

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He assured that Washington does not dictate what happens in other parts of the continent: “The problem we have is the great difficulties to compensate for the mistakes we made in the last four years, and it will take some time,” he said.

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However, Biden did not respond to a reporter’s question about when he was going to visit Latin America.

On the other hand, he attacked his predecessor Donald Trump (2017-2021), without mentioning him by name, for “the great damage” he caused to the region due to his foreign policy and stressed that one of the measures adopted by his government was to hold a summit, in December, of democracies, although some Central American countries were not invited to that meeting.

He added that he is spending a lot of time “talking and trying” regarding the policy towards the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, whom he described as a “dictator”.

And he pointed out that in the same way he is dedicating time to Chile and Argentina, although he clarified that “they are not the same” as Venezuela.

Biden also spoke about immigration and pointed out that people leave their homes in Central America to go to the US because “they have real problems.”

In this regard, he spoke of his achievements when he was Barack Obama’s vice president (2009-2017) and recalled that he worked to provide billions of dollars to migrant-sending nations.

For the moment, Biden has not been able to promote a major immigration reform, as he had promised, due to the tight Democratic majorities in Congress and in the first months of his Administration he encountered a crisis at the border with the arrival of record numbers of undocumented immigrants. .

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