Mexican politicians and public officials have demanded that President Enrique Peña Nieto call off a trip to Washington later this month after Donald Trump’s signed an executive order to start plans for a wall on the US-Mexico border.
While disrespectful thoughtless statements from the president has become the norm. These latest one no different. Trump’s typical inflammatory statements regarding who will pay for construction of the wall has been rebuked by the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto and may cause him to cancel his invitation to the White House next month.
Trump incorrectly claims, “We’re in the middle of a crisis on our southern border,” citing an “unprecedented surge” of illegal immigrants from Central America that was harming both the US and Mexico.
These fallacies, and the effectiveness of the wall, are disputed alongside reports that more Mexican immigrants have returned to Mexico from the US than have migrated to the US since the end of the 2007-08 financial crisis, according to the Pew Research Center. Furthermore, research shows that immigrants are more law-abiding than non-immigrants.
Trump, whose campaign rallies featured chants of “build the wall,” has instead described many undocumented immigrants as criminals who must be found and forcibly removed from the United States.
In the executive order, details mention that more detention centers would be built as well. This historically is something congress has very little enthusiasm in paying for – acknowledging the fact that there are 38 along the US Mexico border already, some full, many are not. Congress would need to approve any new funding necessary to build the wall, which Mr. Trump has insisted Mexico will finance, despite its leaders’ protestations to the contrary. The order would shift already appropriated federal funds to the wall’s construction, but it is unclear where the money would come from.
“It is evident that we have some differences with the new government of the United States, like the topic of the wall, that Mexico of course will not pay,” Peña Nieto said in a recent address. While Vicente Fox Quesada responded with a tweet targeting Sean Spicer:
In an ABC television interview with David Muir on Wednesday January 25, 2017, he continued to claim that Mexico will pay for the wall – but that the American taxpayers will being laying out the cash – and expect a “reimbursement” at some time in the future. In typically vague terms, Trump stated “Ultimately, it will come out of what’s happening with Mexico. We’re going to be starting those negotiations relatively soon, and we will be in a form reimbursed by Mexico.”
Muir also noted that “Mexico’s president said in recent days that Mexico absolutely will not pay, adding it goes against our dignity as a country and our dignity as Mexicans. He says we’re simply not paying.”
Trump responded, “He (Enrique Peña Nieto) has to say that, but I’m just telling you there will be a payment. It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form, and have you to understand, what I’m doing is good for the United States. It’s also going to be good for Mexico.”