On June 10th, the Summit of the Americas concluded in Los Angeles, a continental event that has raised divided opinions since its convening.
The central issues and the agreements arising from this meeting have found support in part of the attendees while others assure that the core problems of the continent remain unanswered.
The world leaders agreed to work together to support strong democratic institutions, take ambitious climate action, drive trade and economic growth that benefits everyone, advance gender equality and LGBTQI rights, and support health care, particularly for women and girls and the most vulnerable.
For some, such as the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the meeting allowed him to strengthen ties with the nations of the South and the Caribbean, also laying the foundations for ambitious future projects.
Trudeau announced over $145 million for initiatives to provide support to Latin American and Caribbean countries to make life better for people, including by advancing gender equality; promoting and protecting democracy; fighting climate change; increasing digital access and countering disinformation; and improving health and pandemic response. “For example, we are supporting good jobs for women and Indigenous Peoples in Peru, while reducing the deforestation of the Amazon, through the Amazon Business Alliance”.
On the other hand, countries like Mexico found the debates and agreements related to issues such as emigration insufficient.
“Washington’s offers to tackle migration are slim, and show where the superpower’s priorities lie”, according to an editorial in La Jornada de Mexico newspaper.
The daily analyzes the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection, focused on sharing responsibilities in the management of the migratory flow, in which the United States evades its total responsibility in this crisis and offers a handout.
It states that the United States commits itself to take in 20,000 refugees from Latin America in 2023 and 2024, as well as disbursing $314 million in aid for migrants in the region, which the newspaper reckons as insufficient.
President Joe Biden’s administration also offers to “increase” the reception of Haitian refugees, but does not provide figures, and will grant 11,500 temporary work visas to citizens of that nation and Central American countries.
“Washington’s offers could not be more distant from what is required to deal with the migratory issue and are a perfect example of where the superpower’s priorities lie”, the daily stresses.
The amount of aid for migrants represents less than one percent of what it will allocate in a single support package to continue the war actions in Ukraine, and the number of Latin American refugees to whom it will open its doors is one-fifth of the Ukrainians it will receive.
“The summit took place amid calls to rebuild continental relations on democratic bases and respect for sovereignty, and Washington’s stubbornness in its unsustainable pretension to “guide” the internal affairs of its southern neighbors, the editorial concluded.