Never before has a Presidential candidate campaigned on moving those he’s representing out of their own country. Apparently in Mexico, outsourcing the responsibilities that a President owes to his people is something worth campaigning on, however.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador is the leading Presidential candidate in Mexico, representing the left-wing nationalist “National Regeneration Movement.” He says that the movement is a protest against the Trump administration, specifically their immigration policies.
At a rally last week, Obrador called illegal immigration to the United States a “human right,” and encouraged more to cross the southern border. “And soon, very soon — after the victory of our movement — we will defend all the migrants in the American continent and all the migrants in the world,” Obrador said, adding that immigrants “must leave their towns and find a life in the United States.” He then said that immigration is “a human right we will defend.” Disturbing that it’s the leading candidate in Mexico that isn’t proposing any actual solutions for Mexico’s people, instead of making them ours.
As if those comments aren’t crazy enough, Tucker Carlson pointed out in his coverage of Obrador that he’d previously proposed granting amnesty to Mexican drug cartels. “America is now Mexico’s social safety net, and that’s a very good deal for the Mexican ruling class,” Carlson added.
If elected, it certainly will solidify a pre-existing anti-Trump bent in the Mexican government. While current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has told Trump that Mexico will never pay for his border wall, the two have not been hostile to each-other (and Nieto hasn’t opposed the wall – just Mexico paying for it). Obrador rejects both the wall, and the concept of a border whatsoever.
It wouldn’t be unwise to predict a surge in attempts at illegal border crossings in the wake of his victory, as the policy of the Mexican government will be to support such crossings.
All the meanwhile, Mexico continues to strongly defend their southern border with Guatemala. Since 2014, Mexico has continued to deport more illegal immigrants from Central America than the U.S. (RELATED: Mexico Has More Than Doubled Deportations Of Central Americans So Far This Year).
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Perhaps Mexico should work on improving their own country so its citizens can live and prosper there, instead of encouraging them to illegally enter the United States.
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