Mexico’s president responds to Trump’s imposition of tariffs


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Mexico’s president Andres Manuel López Obrador has issued a response to Trump’s announcement yesterday of the imposition of tariffs, set to escalate monthly, until Mexico makes some effort to help with the illegal immigration problem.

In his letter (pdf) translated by the Wall Street Journal, the socialist leader pushed back at Trump’s announcement, accusing him of transforming the United States from “a country of fraternity for the world’s migrants into a ghetto.” He also attacked Trump’s “America First” slogan, calling it a fallacy as they should be seeking instead the socialist principles of “universal justice and fraternity.”

Obrador then proposed to “deepen the dialogue” instead of using “taxes or coercive measures” to resolve the illegal immigration issue, which has overwhelmed the immigration system at the U.S.-Mexico border. “It is worth remembering that, within a short period of time, Mexicans will not need to migrate into the United States and that migration will become optional, not compulsory. This is because we are fighting corruption, the main problem in Mexico, as never before!” Obrador said as he tried to convince Trump to “seek alternatives to the immigration problem.”

He added that the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico is leading a delegation to Washington to discuss with the Trump administration in order to seek “an agreement for the benefit of the two nations.”

The last paragraph is the important part. Everything else is bluster. Obrador needs to get those tariffs lifted, so he needs to negotiate something with the U.S. to get Trump to remove them. Whether he is really willing to help shut down the illegal traffic remains to be seen.

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2 comments

  • Chris

    While he’s at it President Trump should demand that the raw sewage flowing into SanDeigo’s shores must stop or the “tariff fan” will continue to spew toward Mexico.

  • Dick Eagleson

    Yes, Bob, behind all the bluster and socialist boilerplate, the Mexicans are now coming to DC, cap in hand, and it’s Trump who has the whip hand. We may finally be on the verge of getting a long-term, comprehensive deal with Mexico to radically abate the illegal immigration problem. I wouldn’t even be surprised if part of the deal is that Mexico pays for at least some of The Wall. Trump can perhaps toss Obrador a fig leaf by allowing Mexican construction companies to do a modest part of the work. At a minimum, we’ll soon see an end to this “caravan” nonsense.

    It would be even nicer if Mexico gets its own house in order, but I’m more skeptical that that will happen. Perhaps, though, once running away to El Norte is no longer a realistic option, the Mexican people will rise up and put paid to both their cartel problem and their government corruption problem. That is likely to be quite bloody in the short term. But, as long as it’s mostly the right sorts of people doing the bleeding, as in Chile in the 70’s, things may work out in the long term.

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