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Mexican wall and migration dispute escalates: Peña Nieto cancels White House visit

Thursday, January 26th 2017 - 19:49 UTC
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Peña Nieto announced that he had called off the 31 January trip after president Trump suggested he should do just that. Peña Nieto announced that he had called off the 31 January trip after president Trump suggested he should do just that.
“If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting,” the US president wrote on Twitter on Thursday “If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting,” the US president wrote on Twitter on Thursday
White House spokesman Spicer told reporters that they are looking “for a date to reschedule”, adding they will “continue to keep the lines of communication open”. White House spokesman Spicer told reporters that they are looking “for a date to reschedule”, adding they will “continue to keep the lines of communication open”.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has cancelled next week's trip to Washington to meet US President Donald Trump. His decision comes a day after the new US president unveiled his plan to build a wall along the Mexico-US border and insisted the US would recoup the costs for the barrier from Mexico, which has strongly objected.

 Senate Republicans said the US Congress would move ahead with the plan, and it would cost US$12bn to US$15bn.

Peña Nieto announced that he had called off the 31 January trip after president Trump suggested he should do just that.

“If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting,” the US president wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that they are looking “for a date to reschedule”, adding they will “continue to keep the lines of communication open”.

Earlier Peña Nieto said he “lamented” the plans for the barrier. In a televised address, the Mexican leader told the nation: “I've said time and again: Mexico won't pay for any wall. I regret and condemn the decision of the United States to continue construction of a wall that, for years, has divided us instead of uniting us.”

Peña Nieto met Trump - then a presidential candidate - in Mexico City in September and came under intense criticism at home. His approval ratings remain low. Building a barrier along the 3,200km US boundary with Mexico was one of Trump's key pledges in the election campaign.

As he signed the directive at the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, he spoke of a “crisis” on the southern US border. His executive orders also called for hiring 10,000 immigration officials to help boost border patrol efforts.

“A nation without borders is not a nation,” Trump said. “Beginning today the United States gets back control of its borders.”

On Thursday - less than a day after Trump's announcement - US media reported that the chief of US Border Patrol is leaving the job.

Trump is next expected to announce immigration restrictions from seven countries with Muslim-majority populations in the Middle East and Africa. This could affect refugee programs. These countries are believed to be Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

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  • Fidel_CasTroll

    Argentina is suddenly getting tough on immigrants: the stronger border controls, the criminal records database, now the gov wants to “express-deport”, and Salta wants a wall with Bolivia. There is een a 2 kilometer wall now actually up between Paraguay and Argentina at Posadas...

    Would be hypocritical for Argentina to unite with Mexico, so I would recommend it does not. I loathe hypocrisy.

    Jan 27th, 2017 - 03:19 am +1
  • :o))

    “Trump orders wall construction”:
    https://www.afp.com/en/news/23/trump-orders-wall-construction-angering-mexico

    For those who are worried/anxious: Wall or NO wall, the “business” will ALWAYS be “as usual”!

    HERE IS HOW:

    Although DT is practically threatening with [& boasting about] “The Wall”; he has categorically AND purposely refrained from mentioning even the EXISTENCE of the Innumerable Tunnels. He PRETENDS that he is NOT even aware that:
    - The Tunnels criss-cross all along the border.
    - It is through these tunnels, the main & the highly lucrative “business” (of smuggling of drugs, arms, cash, crooks [from both the sides], immigrants [and the God only know what else]) is going on UNHINDERED - for AGES.

    By the way - THANKS to the tunnels - El Chapo [DT's fellow billionaire] BECAME a billionaire, in the first place!

    Similarly - due to the tunnels - MANY more millionaires emerged in the USA & in Mexico. With their “business acumen” & shrewdness - similar to that of DT's - they keep contributing to the Economic Developments of BOTH the countries.

    Besides the tunnels, the good old Sea-and-Air Routes-Watchers, willingly offer their standby & backup services, to assist the smugglers, very efficiently and are also well established for YEARS!

    Hence; for those who are UNDULY worried & anxious: WALL or NO wall; the “business” will DEFINITELY be “as usual” & there is NO NEED to worry - not even a bit! NOTE: As USUAL, for your regular supplies - of drugs, arms, cash, crooks, immigrants, etc - please continue to remain in touch with the local authorities.

    Jan 27th, 2017 - 12:40 pm +1
  • Briton

    Mexican dispute escalates,
    When was the last Mexican/American conflict,

    The wall/fence/steel structure is already in place, it only needs repairing and upgrading, surely..

    Jan 27th, 2017 - 07:54 pm 0
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