WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) … [Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo] Ebrard said, however, that a proposal favored by some U.S. officials to designate Mexico a “safe third country,” which would force Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States to apply for it instead in Mexico, was not an option.
“An agreement about a safe third country would not be acceptable for Mexico,” Ebrard told reporters in Washington. “They have not yet proposed it to me. But it would not be acceptable and they know it.”
Elder Patriot – So what are we negotiating over?
In 2017, Reuters reported this statement from Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo during the NAFTA negotiations,
“If they do not treat [us] well commercially, they should not expect us to treat them well by containing the migration that comes from other regions of the world and crosses Mexico,” Guajardo said. “Or they should not expect to be treated well in collaboration with security issues in the region.”
That’s not diplomacy, it’s a threat. But that threat pales in comparison to an earlier one made by Mexico’s former foreign minister, Jorge Castaneda to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.
The Mexican position, as stated by Castaneda, was that these migrants are coming and if the United States refuses to accept that then they will resort to extortion by flooding our southern border with immigrant, drugs, human traffickers.
In other words, we allow Mexico to continue fleecing us or they’ll exacerbate the security crisis along our border with them.
Castaneda’s threat was stunning but it was not an accidental slip. Afterwards, he posted the interview to his personal Youtube channel.
But that was during the last administration of Enrique Pena Nieto, who the New York Times reported had taken a $100 million bribe from El Chapo to maintain the status quo at our border.
If you think things have changed with the election of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, you’d be wrong:
(From the Daily Caller) […] “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 declared it as “a human right we will defend.”
It’s about time we start ignoring these threats. With more than 60,000 Americans dying every year from drugs entering from Mexico how much worse can it get? With 100,000 illegal aliens crossing into the United States this past month the time for talking to these narco-terrorists has passed.
It becomes apparent that Mexican officials have two reasons for their intransigence; they’re paid by the cartels, et al, to represent the corrupt interests above all others, and, they like breathing. That isn’t much of a foundation to negotiate from.
We already know where this headed and wasting four and a half months gradually elevating tariffs to 25% won’t change their position. The drug dealers, cartels, human traffickers, coyotes who drive the real Mexican economy won’t allow any changes.
President Trump should immediately institute the 25% tariffs and send in the military to fortify all entry points. Maybe that will get their attention.