Mexico may be paying for the wall – on the country’s southern border, that is:
According to the Daily Mail, Now Mexico wants to build a border wall with Central America to keep out illegal immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala
– Mexicans are calling for the border wall to keep out Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans fleeing violence
– They complain ‘hordes’ of immigrants are flooding the country on the way to the US – who then deport them back to Mexico
– Mexican newspaper El Mañana published article: ‘Yes to the Border Wall … but in Mexico’s South’
The op-ed in Tamaulipas’ El Mañana, Sí al muro fronterizo… Pero en el sur de México [‘Yes to the Border Wall … but in Mexico’s South’] starts by saying,
En el sur sureste México tiene dos fronteras: una con Guatemala y la otra con Belice que no le arrojan ningún beneficio, por el contrario, sólo problemas le ocasionan porque esos cruces son utilizados para una nueva invasión: la de los centroamericanos que utilizan nuestro país para cruzar a Estados Unidos.
[My translation] There are two borders in South-South East Mexico: One with Guatemala and one with Belize, neither of which brings any benefits, to the contrary, they only bring problems since those crossings are used for a new invasion: Central Americans who use our country to cross to the United States.
Sounds like Hillary’s going to need a bigger basket of deplorables.
But I digress.
The Daily Mail reports,
The UN estimates 400,000 Central Americans cross illegally into Mexico each year.
As many as half are fleeing violence and gangs in their home countries yet most immigrants are eventually deported back home. Mexico deported 175,000 Central Americans last year – a 68 per cent increase from 2014.
That was the same year that the Central American refugee crisis hit headlines when thousands of migrant children arrived without their families at the US border.
The US has sent $75million for equipment and training to Mexico to help with the crackdown on immigrants, according to the Times.
The idea of a southern border wall in Mexico has been floated over the years, especially as gang activity increases. Last July satyrical journal El BoVocero carried an article calling for a wall on the Guatemala border, and, like Trump, demanded that Guatemala pay for it.