Last week, for the umpteenth time, former Mexican president Vicente Fox decided to tell Donald Trump that Mexico will not be paying for his border wall.This came after news that Trump would be pushing to begin construction of the wall independent of whether or not he could secure funding from Mexico. Instead, Trump argued he’d be sending Mexico an invoice after the fact.
Here was Fox’s Tweet.
The wall must’ve gotten 10 feet taller so many times by now that we can expect it to reach space.
What’s different this time around is a particular claim that Fox made about the wall the day before that Tweet.
Racist? He must be taking a page out of the liberal media’s playbook to be making an argument like that.
Especially so when you consider the policies those in his own country wish to enact..
While Mexico doesn’t have a border wall (but does have a border fence in some areas) — and Guatemala hasn’t paid for it — the nation does enforce immigration laws of their own.
In fact, Mexico deports more Central American illegal immigrants than we do in the USA. As Business Insider reported in 2015: “Between October and April, Mexico apprehended 92,889 Central Americans. In the same time period, the United States detained 70,226 “other than Mexican” migrants, the vast majority from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.”According to Univision, Mexico strictly enforces its own immigration laws through strong border security which has led to the deportation of 87 percent, 92 percent, and 96 percent of illegal Salvadoran, Honduran and Guatemalan migrants respectively. The deportation data is valid for the first four months of 2016.
In fact, when it comes to the reasons Mexico takes illegal immigration so seriously, they’d get anyone labeled a racist instantly in America. The Mexican government will ban foreigners if they upset “the equilibrium of the national [racial] demographics.”
And how does Mexico’s current president Enrique Peña Nieto describe Trump’s stance on illegal immigration? “I think it’s discriminatory, yes, and I think it’s unfortunate for a country whose formation and historic origin relies so much on the migration flows of many parts, Europe and Asia, for instance. I think this is a country whose origin to a great extent is one of migration and that’s why it’s unfortunate to hear this exclusionary and discriminatory tones regarding migration flows into the United States.”
It’s ironic, because we could learn plenty from Mexico when it comes to combating the problem of illegal immigration. Those bigots.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]