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Combination images of President-elect Joe Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo: Hector Vivas/Getty Images/Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador discussed in a phone call Saturday working together on a "new approach" to migration that "offers alternatives to undertaking the dangerous journey" to the U.S.

Why it matters: The statement from Biden's transition team on the call details represents a key part of the president-elect's plans to overhaul President Trump's aggressive border policy.

  • Biden has vowed to end Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy that saw tens of thousands of asylum-seekers forced to wait for their court dates in Mexico, but Axios' Stef Kight notes this faces complications, including a possible spike of migrants at the border.
  • The transition team said in its statement that Biden reiterated in the call that he "stands by the commitments he made on the campaign trail and noted that it would take time and resources to implement those commitments effectively."

Details: "The President-elect emphasized the need to reinvigorate U.S.-Mexico cooperation to ensure safe and orderly migration, contain COVID-19, revitalize the economies of North America, and secure our common border," the transition statement said.

  • "The two leaders noted a shared desire to address the root causes of migration in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and southern Mexico and to build a future of greater opportunity and security for the region."
  • Biden said he'd work closely with Mexico and other regional partners in the early months of his administration "to build the regional and border infrastructure and capacity needed to facilitate a new orderly and humane approach to migration that will respect international norms regarding the treatment of asylum claims," the statement added.

What they're saying: "We reaffirmed our commitment to working together for the wellbeing of our peoples and nations," Lopez Obrador said in a Twitter post.

  • Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard, who was present during the call, tweeted that the conversation was "cordial," adding there would "be extensive bilateral cooperation and a very good relationship between" López Obrado and Biden.

Worth noting: López Obrador was one of the last holdouts among major world leaders to congratulate Biden's election win as Trump's legal challenges played out. He confirmed last Tuesday that he'd sent the president-elect a letter.

Go deeper: Surge in border crossings spells early test for Biden’s immigration plans

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Republicans pledge to set aside differences and work with Biden

President Biden speaks to Sen. Mitch McConnell after being sworn in at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Several Republicans praised President Biden's calls for unity during his inaugural address on Wednesday and pledged to work together for the benefit of the American people.

Why it matters: The Democrats only have a slim majority in the Senate and Biden will likely need to work with the GOP to pass his legislative agenda.

Dave Lawler, author of World
Jan 22, 2021 - World

What has and hasn't changed as Biden takes over U.S. foreign policy

Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden swiftly recommitted the U.S. to the Paris climate pact and the World Health Organization, but America's broader foreign policy is in a state of flux between the Trump and Biden eras.

Driving the news: One of the most striking moves from the Biden administration thus far was a show of continuity — concurring with the Trump administration's last-minute determination that China had committed "genocide" against Uyghur Muslims.

Biden embarks on a consequential presidency

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Donald Trump tried everything to delegitimize the rival who vanquished him. In reality, he's set Joe Biden on course to be a far more consequential U.S. president than he might otherwise have become.

The big picture: President Biden now confronts not just a pandemic, but massive political divisions and an assault on truth — and the aftermath of the assault on the Capitol two weeks ago that threatened democracy itself.