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Mexican officials: Immigration, climate change and security on tap for Biden’s visit

President Joe Biden will visit Mexico next week for the first time as president to attend the North American Leaders’ Summit.

Mexican leaders say they are prepared to welcome Biden to Mexico City Sunday evening ahead of the summit next week — where President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will meet with his counterparts from the United States and Canada over the course of several days.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard says among the topics López Obrador will discuss with Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are security, immigration and regional competitiveness.

Climate change is also on the agenda. Mexico plans to tout its so-called Plan Sonora — the country’s most ambitious effort to move toward clean energy by tapping into the northern state’s solar energy potential and abundant, though largely untapped, lithium deposits. López Obrador has said the United States is going to help fund the plan.

Biden is expected to stop in El Paso on Sunday before arriving in Mexico City. It will be his first trip to the U.S.-Mexico border as president.

Kendal Blust, an Arizona native, reports from KJZZ’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, focusing on business and economic relationships between Arizona and northern Mexico.Prior to joining KJZZ, Kendal worked at the Nogales International, reporting on border and immigration issues, local government, education and business. While working on her master’s degree at University of Arizona School of Journalism, she did stints with the Arizona Daily Star and the Tico Times in Costa Rica, and completed a thesis project about women art activists in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.In her pre-journalist life, Kendal was a teacher, first helping Spanish high school students learn English, then heading to Tucson to teach fourth grade.When she’s not in the newsroom, Kendal enjoys getting outside for a hike or a swim, catching a good movie, hanging out with family and friends, and eating great food.