The new president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (otherwise known as "AMLO"), is intending on building a wall along the southern border of Mexico in an attempt to thwart illegal immigration into the country while at the same time claiming it's a human right for Mexicans and others to pour into the united States illegally.
After months of Donald Trump's controversial clampdown on immigration, Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is planning his own border police force to stop undocumented immigrants, drugs and guns from crossing into the country from Central America, his future chief of public security said.
Picked by Lopez Obrador, Alfonso Durazo stressed that the new force would be part of a larger regional development effort to ease the poverty and violence that lead so many Central Americans to cross into Mexico. The police corps will be sizable, he said, and will be deployed to Mexico's northern border as well. He declined to offer more specifics as the details are still being decided.
"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.
Lopez Obrador and the left-wing party he formed in 2014 won a landslide victory in last week's election after voters disgusted with rising crime, corruption and poverty kicked the nation's established parties out of power. AMLO, as he's known, also got a boost from pledges to protect Mexicans against an immigrant crackdown by U.S. President Donald Trump. Now he'll be faced with the unenviable task of securing the nation's own untamed southern border, while avoiding the hard-line tactics he has criticized Trump for.
Lopez Obrador, who takes power Dec. 1, will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday. Immigration is likely to be one of the topics they discuss.
It's interesting that he wants to apply the Mexican laws on illegal immigration while at the same time advancing the idea that people should ignore US immigration law.
At the end of June, he gave a speech and we reported:
Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) called for mass immigration to the United States during a speech Tuesday declaring it a "human right" for all North Americans.
"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."
Here's a picture of where the wall, something he has blasted President Donald Trump over, is being proposed to be built.
Trump thinks that Obrador is going to help with illegal immigration into the US.