It seems Mexico agrees with Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall to keep out illegal immigrants – but only on its southern border with Central America.
Mexicans are calling for the border wall to keep out Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans fleeing violence in their own countries.
They complain ‘hordes’ of immigrants pass through on their way to the United States – who are then simply deported back to Mexico rather than their home countries by the US.
Central American migrants are left stuck in border cities with Mexican officials unable to afford to send them back to their own countries, according to an article by one of the largest newspapers in the border state of Tamaulipas, El Mañana, titled: ‘Yes to the Border Wall … but in Mexico’s South.’
Real estate mogul, Donald Trump, sparked international outrage last year when he unveiled his idea for a giant wall on the US border with Mexico – which he claimed Mexico would pay for.
But while Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has mocked Trump’s plans, many Mexicans praised the concept of a border wall.
‘Trump’s idea of a border wall is a good one but it should be on the southern border with Central America in order to stop the flow of Central Americans from entering both countries,’ the El Mañana board wrote in July.
The paper also called for proper immigration checkpoints on the southern border.
The US contributed $75 million for equipment and training to Mexico to help stop Central Americans from crossing illegally into Mexico.
One Honduran migrant, Rosa – whose husband, mother, sister, brother-in-law and two nephews were murdered in her homeland – fled with her two teenage sons earlier this year, Financial Times reports.
‘Mexico has become a wall for migrants,’ said Sister Magdalena Silva, co-ordinator of Cafemin- a privately run shelter for refugees in Mexico City. ‘The current policy is to arrest migrants to stop them from getting to the US border.’
It seems the good citizens of Mexico don’t appreciate people entering their country without permission, and they appreciate the rise in crime that results even less.
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