On Monday, it was revealed by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that he and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke about the possibility of a 'complete opening' of the US-Mexico border.
"We spoke again with Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States. In good terms, we dealt with the immigration issue, the complete opening of the northern border to reactivate our economies and continue with mutual cooperation to face the pandemic," Obrador tweeted, according to an English translation by Twitter.
According to Reuters, the White House said "two leaders discussed ongoing bilateral cooperation to address "irregular migration" to the shared US-Mexican border, and agreed to focus on bolstering Central American economies through investment in agriculture and climate resilience."
In addition, Harris reportedly told Lopez Obrador that the US would be sending additional vaccine doses to Mexico, on top of the 4 million doses already delivered.
Earlier that day, Lopez Obrador told a morning news conference, “This is what I’m going to suggest today, that we can demonstrate that we’re not putting the population at risk.”
The roughly 2,000 mile border between the US and Mexico has been closed since March of 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Only essential travel has been allowed, with truck drivers, students, workers, and more being given exceptions at the border.