As the influx of migrants into Mexico begin clashing with the nation's populace, more and more Mexicans are against these roving caravans of illegal immigrants who fought their way into their country. Now that Mexico is feeling the pain, as well as the US, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said he arrived in Washington to meet with Mike Pompeo, Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Immigration has been a thorn in the side of the last several presidents since the U.S. does not have a fully constructed, manned wall at its southern border. This means drugs and human traffickers are allowed to freely enter in and out of the country. President Trump has vowed to bring a stop to the mass migration of illegals which was welcomed by President Obama.
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When the migrant caravan reached the U.S. border and began waiting to apply for asylum in the U.S., they have filled shelters in border towns including Tijuana and Mexicali. The result has been an upswing in crime in the cities and overcrowding at local shelters. Now, Tijuana residents are calling for the government to do something about the massive influx of illegal immigrants into their cities.
Many who have reached the U.S. border through Mexico have been denied entry, several even boarded buses back to destinations such as Honduras but videos showing this were rapidly deleted by Twitter. The Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard is in the U.S. now hoping to find a resolution to the problem in Mexico. The reality is they failed to defend their own borders and that shouldn't be our problem.
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It becomes the problem of the U.S. when they cross all the way through Mexico and began trying to scale our own border illegally. Several even broke their legs or were impaled by metal bars trying to climb the U.S. border. Addressing the build-up of illegal migrants in Mexico is chief among the things on the mind of the new Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who only recently took office this Saturday.
Ebrard was adamant on Twitter Sunday that Mexico's goals were to seek a relationship with the U.S. based on "mutual respect" and to identify common goals between the two nations. No doubt dealing with the migrant caravan is what Ebrard considers a "common goal". On Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's first day in office, he followed through on his promise to deploy the military for public security as rising murder rates and violence continue to go up.
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In order to enact Obrador's plan, it requires a constitutional reform that would allow the Marines and Army to form a National Guard to police the large majority of Mexico. The Mexican president said the rearranging of the country's military was "indispensable". There are such strong ties between local police and cartel that corruption has led to ineffectiveness among the police forces.
Top Mexican generals expressed concern over how the open-ended policing mission would end. The armed forces have already had problems of their own such as being implicated in several cases of human rights abuses. It remains to be seen what progress if any Pompeo and Ebrard can achieve between the two countries.
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