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Mexico announces new temporary work permits for Central Americans

Mexico’s president announced this week that the country will begin offering temporary work permits to people from Central America. They are meant to help speed up work on controversial infrastructure projects.

Mexico needs workers, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said during a morning press conference this week. Especially if those workers are skilled in areas like iron-work, welding and engineering.

He announced that Mexico will provide people from Central American countries with permits for one year to work on major infrastructure projects, including the controversial Maya train, which is designed to connect important destinations in the Yucatan Peninsula but has faced major pushback over environmental concerns.

Lopez Obrador did not specify how many visas would be given, but said his government would begin a public relations campaign in Central America promoting what he says are improving salaries in Mexico.

Kendal Blust was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.