Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Mexico asks the U.S. to 'clarify' announcement regarding military use at the border

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat republished and translated from Excelsior

Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray stressed that Mexican migration policy is exercised in a sovereign manner and according to law, and not from external pressures or threats.


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he head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray, clarified in his social networks that "the 'Viacrucis del Migrante' caravan was gradually dispersed by decision of its participants" and made it clear that "Mexican migration policy is not exercised from external threats. "
"Mexican migration policy is exercised in a sovereign manner and according to law, and not from external pressures or threats, "he wrote in his Twitter account.
This is how the Mexican foreign minister responded to the words of US President Donald Trump, who assured that the caravan with hundreds of Central American migrants was dissolved due to threats to cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). 

In another tweet, Videgaray Caso announced that the Mexican government requested the United States, through official channels, to "clarify @POTUS 'announcement about the use of the army on the border."

The government of Mexico will define a position based on this clarification, and always in defense of our sovereignty and national interest ", he published in said social network. 

Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Mexico dissolved the caravan with hundreds of Central American immigrants who were heading to their country this week.

He also boasted that the Mexican authorities acted because of their threats to cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

I just heard that the caravan that came from Honduras has been dissolved, and that Mexico did it, the tycoon told reporters during a luncheon with the leaders of the Baltic States in the White House.

They have done it because, frankly, I told them that they really had to do it. (I told them that) if we are going to have a relationship in NAFTA,  that we are going to have to include security in NAFTA," he added about the agreement that the US is attempting to renegotiate with Mexico and Canada.

 "If this reaches our border, our laws are so weak and so pathetic that it is as if we had no border, he said.

The president also said that he plans for the US armed forces to guard the border, until the wall he wants to build is built.

We cannot have people who illegally enter our country, who disappears and who, never appear in the immigration court[set two to three years later] that carries the deportation proceedings, "he said.

The US president has been concerned since Sunday with press reports that hundreds of Central American immigrants, mostly from Honduras, had embarked on a month-long trip to the United States in a caravan organized to be more protected.


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While the active-duty military is generally barred by law from carrying out domestic law enforcement functions, such as apprehending people at the border, previous presidents have deployed National Guard troops to act in support roles on the border with Mexico. President Barack Obama sent 1,200 in 2010 and President George W. Bush dispatched 6,000 in 2006, while governors of border states have done the same when faced with large inflows from the south.