WATCH: Biden meets with Mexican counterpart López Obrador to discuss immigration and trade

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador used a visit to the White House on Tuesday to call for rejecting the “status quo” on the border, but also praised a relationship with the U.S. that both he and President Joe Biden insisted remained strong despite a series of high-profile policy disagreements.

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In lengthy comments at the start of meetings with Biden, López Obrador touched on the New Deal politics of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and chided conservatives.

“I know your adversaries, conservatives, will be screaming to heaven. But without a bold (immigration) program of development and wellbeing, it won’t be possible to solve problems,” López Obrador said.

Immigration has been a political flashpoint for Biden as top Republicans have pointed to a rising number of people from Mexico and Central America crossing the southern U.S. border illegally while slamming the administration and top Democrats for not doing more to slow it.

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López Obrador acknowledged those criticisms, but said the situation at the border will require solutions, not just politics.

Though in the past he’s not shied away from US criticism, López Obrador struck a positive tone with Biden while heaping praise on Vice President Kamala Harris.

That was a departure from last month, when López Obrador declined Biden’s invitation to the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles after unsuccessfully urging the US to include the leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela — all countries with anti-democratic regimes.

Tuesday’s was the second in-person meeting between Biden and López Obrador at the White House.