Trump kicked off his presidential campaign with condemnations and admonitions for Mexican immigrants and the country’s government for allowing individuals to cross northward into the United States. Referring to illegal immigrants as rapists and criminals, Trump positioned himself in a combative stance against immigrants, only to further this position with calls for a massive wall constructed along the U.S. – Mexico border. That wall was a staple of Trump’s campaign; a policy proposal explicitly designed to isolate the nation from the hazards of foreigners caught immense traction with white nationalists that fueled the President-elect’s campaign. To really seal the deal, Trump promised that the Mexican government would pay for the wall.
With this fiery tone, it struck many as wildly surprising when Trump scheduled a visit to meet with Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto along the campaign trail. Despite Trump’s adamant stance that the Mexican government would need to pay for the wall, insiders claim that the two never even discussed that element of the deal. They appeared cordial with one another in the presser following their meeting – perhaps because Nieto did not believe Trump would actually beat Hillary Clinton in the general election and thus would not have to deal with his anti-Mexican policies.
Well, if that was the case, Nieto had a rough week last week. Now, the Mexican government is working to craft policy to make sure that American policy does not adversely affect their economy and citizenry.
"We will have to see how many of those deportations, usually done by the United States government to the countries where the illegal immigrants are from, are for Mexico," said a spokesperson for the Mexican president. It appears that their key focus is the deportation of potentially millions of immigrants living within the United States illegally. Despite the importance of addressing that issue, the Mexican government has acknowledged that there is a vast multitude of adjustments they will need to make to address the Trump administration. "Of course this and other matters will be part of the agenda that Mexico brings to the table during the bilateral meetings that will take place with the government-elect of President-elect Donald Trump."
It should be noted that Mexico has a major task on its hands. "What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, we have a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we're going to incarcerate. But we're getting them out of our country, they're here illegally,” said Trump this weekend. He clarified that he would aim to deport between two and three million illegal immigrants with criminal records, which means that Mexico will have a daunting mission to deal with this influx. As such, Nieto and Trump are scheduled to meet in January for their second meeting – but it will be the first with Trump holding a diplomatic position.
What do you think about Mexico’s plans to address a Trump presidency?