Mexican President Hails Biden’s Border Wall Freeze

February 12, 2021 Updated: February 13, 2021

MEXICO CITY—President Joe Biden’s decision to stop new construction of his predecessor’s signature wall on the border with Mexico received a vote of confidence from his Mexican counterpart on Friday.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters at his regular morning news conference that he supports Biden’s executive order, one of his first actions on becoming U.S. president.

“We think it’s good that they don’t build any more walls,” said Lopez Obrador, noting that several past U.S. presidents have extended border barriers during their terms.

Lopez Obrador also urged U.S.-bound migrants to hold back from seeking to cross illegally just because of the change in presidents.

“The border is not wide open,” he said.

The U.S. government next week will begin to process asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico under a program put in place by former President Donald Trump, officials said.

By David Alire Garcia