Since the beginning of his campaign, and now more than a year into his presidency, Donald Trump has shown an apparent disregard for the United States’ close allies and international relationships. Perhaps no other country has been more of a target of Trump’s divisive rhetoric than that of the Mexican government, as he has criticized this country’s southern ally on numerous occasions. Whether this included disrespectful claims that Mexico will pay for a border wall between the two countries, or directly insulting the Mexican people as being drug dealers and rapists, it is apparent that at some point, the government of Mexico would have to get fed up with his discriminatory remarks.
Given the ongoing abuse by the Trump administration, and the overreaching pushes to demonize both the Mexican government and its citizens, policymakers in Mexico recently pushed for measures that would suspend cooperation between the two countries in regards to immigration and security-related issues. According to a report from the Washington Times:
‘Mexican senators are urging President Enrique Pena Nieto to temporarily suspend cooperation with the U.S. on immigration and security issues, responding to angry tweets from Donald Trump about their country.
The nonbinding statement was approved unanimously Wednesday. It asks Mexico’s government to freeze joint efforts “in the fight against transnational organized crime” until Trump acts “with the civility and respect that the people of Mexico deserve.”‘
The move by Mexican policymakers comes shortly after Trump’s claim that he will dispatch National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, a hasty and irresponsible attempt by the president to curb illegal immigration into the country. The constant barrage of insults and attacks on behalf of President Trump have evidently disrupted a close and necessary international alliance with the country, as Mexican officials are making it clear they have no intention of working with an administration that fails to respect them and their people.
Mexican senator Laura Rojas demanded ‘respect for the people of Mexico' from Trump following his decision to deploy troops to the US' southern border pic.twitter.com/d0WfeGGAgZ
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The claim that Trump would want to dispatch National Guard troops to the border between the United States and Mexico became another point of contention for the Mexican policymakers, as the militarized move that was aimed to pressure the Mexican government, has already been seen as counter-productive and a point of contention that Mexico’s lawmakers clearly will not stand for.
AP: Mexican senators are urging President Enrique Pena Nieto to temporarily suspend cooperation with the U.S. on immigration & security issues, responding to angry tweets from President Donald Trump about their country. The nonbinding statement was approved unanimously Wednesday
— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) April 5, 2018
Whereas troops have yet to actually be dispatched to the border, President Pena Nieto told reporters that he will need clarification about the inherent intentions of the United States before he makes a definitive statement regarding the position his government will take.
Since taking office, Trump has remained aggressive against illegal immigration, and has criticized Mexico on numerous accounts for their lack of action on curbing the issue. The letter from Mexican policymakers also comes on the heels of various Twitter posts that, again, attacked Mexican immigrants for pouring into the country and bringing crime with them, despite the fact that there is a clear lack of evidence for the statements he has so overtly made. As the issue surrounding the National Guard becomes clarified in coming days, the Mexican government has made it clear that any further pushback from the United States will not be tolerated.
WE WILL PROTECT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER! pic.twitter.com/Z7fqQKcnez
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong. Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW! The Democrats stand in our way – they want people to pour into our country unchecked….CRIME! We will be taking strong action today.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2018
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