President Trump tweeted lashing out against Mexico's stance on immigration, but somehow also managed to include complaints against half of Central America and blame all of these problems on Democrats, including a ridiculous threat to close the Southern border: "Mexico is doing NOTHING to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants to our Country. They are all talk and no action."
These are unsurprising yet unfounded accusations against Mexico. Ironically, though, Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (often abbreviated as AMLO) is criticized in Mexico for his "tepid" stance against Trump. AMLO's answers to Trump's often insulting statements have mostly appealed to respect for Trump's opinion while simultaneously disagreeing with them.
He has a vision that I respect and which I consider legitimate, but as part of a crucial strategy to attend to the immigration phenomenon, we plan to create jobs and develop wellbeing... We are working so that the Southeastern region of Mexico offers more jobs. We have to tend to development in Central America.
That is: avoiding confrontation at all costs even if it means having to swallow all of Trump's fake news and distortion of reality. Will it work for him? What is AMLO's endgame? AMLO here talks about a plan, not to block immigrants from entering Mexico, let alone persecute them, but to create a wall inside Central America. However, this wall is mostly rhetorical. His idea has been going around for some years, even in the United States, and it's even been called the Central American Marshal Plan. Much like how the US did so after World War II in Europe, the plan's focus is to develop the Northern Triangle in economic terms, thus making the option of staying more attractive, which would in turn reduce immigration to the United States. Whether or not this will take place, it's remained to be seen, but by the tone of the tweets, Trump just might rule it out.
After Mueller's report did not include a recommendation to indict Trump, his victory signals a strengthened position toward the 2020 elections. Within this context, we can expect Trump to increase an aggressive rhetoric against undocumented immigration.
As usual, Trump made a series of statements that completely take the situation out of context. "Likewise, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years, and do Nothing." While it's true that there is a crisis at the so-called Northern Triangle in Central America (which include Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador), Trump fails to recognize the United States's involvement in the region, particularly during Ronald Regan's two terms. So how is this the Democrats' sole responsibility? "Dems don't care, such BAD laws."
In addition to making these statements, Trump topped it off with a threat to close the Southern border: "May close the Southern Border!" We'll see what the businesses in Republican strongholds like Texas, and economic booming states like California have to say about that.
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