Mexican President-Elect López Obrador To Defy President Trump On Immigration

A group of recently deported immigrants stand near the double steel fence that separates San Diego and Tijuana at the border in Tijuana, December 10, 2011. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes

Luis Gómez Romero, The Conversation: Mexico’s next president likely to defy Trump on immigration

United States President Donald Trump has long blamed Mexico for the flow of Central Americans seeking to enter the United States’ southern border.

Migrants just cross Mexico like they’re “walking through Central Park,” Trump once claimed.

In truth, Mexico is aggressive in enforcing U.S. immigration policy. In 2014 President Enrique Peña Nieto implemented a robust deterrence effort, the Southern Border Program, to deter migration across Mexico’s border with Guatemala.

Between 2014 and 2015, Mexican deportations of Central Americans traveling to the U.S. – primarily Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans – more than doubled, from 78,733 in 2013 to 176,726 in 2015. During the same period, U.S. border agents detained half as many Central American migrants at the border.


WNU editor: Every Mexican President  has defied U.S. rules and regulations on immigration, and I expect Mexican President-Elect López Obrador will act the same way. The difference now is that a U.S. President has made a commitment to stop it.

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