The president’s new border wall would stop undocumented immigrants, drugs and guns from running into the country – but not this president.
While lambasting President Donald Trump for proposing a massive border wall along the US-Mexico border, Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s president-elect is proposing – well, the same thing – along their southern border
The incoming president’s hand-picked security chief said the new border wall – along the Guatemalan border – would stop the flow of contraband, drugs and weapons from Central America.
It’s part of Lopez Obrador’s strategy against regional violence, poverty and corruption, Bloomberg reports.
“We’re going to create a border police force that will be highly specialized,” Durazo said in an interview.
“They need to apply the law,” including stopping undocumented migrants and human traffickers from crossing into Mexico, which Durazo says often takes place with the help of corrupt officials.
The new president and his leftist party won a landslide victory in the election last week. Voters were disgusted with crime, corruption and poverty – which sounds oddly familiar to what’s happening in the United States.
Interestingly, while AMLO, as he is called, has called for a crackdown on their southern border, he has roundly criticized President Trump for doing the exact same thing on his own northern border. Now he has to justify both.
On Friday, Lopez Obrador will meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss immigration and presumably his hypocritical stance.
Alfonso Durazo, the new president’s security chief actually wouldn’t rule out resorting to state violence to deal with the immigration problem along the Mexico-Guatemala border. “The legitimate use of force by the state is a resource,” he said. “But it shouldn’t be the first resource, it should be the last one.”
The new administration’s first priority will be to fight the causes of the violence.
For example, to prevent corruption, it will significantly increase salaries and benefits for law enforcement officials and create more police academies to double the number of security personnel that can receive training per year, he said.
Lopez Obrador’s top cop reiterated his comments from April to Bloomberg, that the sale and use of marijuana should be decriminalized and regulated.
But before a policy decision is made on the matter, it will be put to a public referendum, he said.
Mexico has long been criticized for their tough and brutal stance defending their southern border while at the same time lambasting US policy for protecting their own border.