In a statement that might need to be filed in the We’ll See About That bin, Mexico’s Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said Wednesday that the government did not intend to spend any money on Donald Trump’s proposed wall.
“Under no circumstances will Mexico pay for the wall that Mr. Trump is proposing,” Videgaray said in a televised interview. “Building a wall between Mexico and the United States is a terrible idea. It is an idea based on ignorance and has no foundation in the reality of North American integration.”
Well, Trump wouldn’t have proposed the wall if it matched that reality. The entire reason that his proposal struck a chord with so many Americans is because he’s the first Republican in ages to take seriously the disaster that is our southern border. Even if one were to buy into the idea that “North American integration” benefits the U.S., our security – both national and economic – depends on us stopping this growing crisis.
Unfortunately, it appears that the specter of a Trump presidency has, in the short-term, caused a spike in illegal immigration. A Reuters investigation found there has been a 24% jump in crossings and a 100% jump in unaccompanied minors attempting to come into the country since October.
“They think they need to take advantage while they can,” said a migrant shelter manager in Juarez.
That’s sad. It’s sad that President Obama has been so negligent in protecting the border that even the possibility of actual enforcement is sending thousands of migrants into the U.S. Wouldn’t you feel ashamed of that if you were president?
Of course, for Obama to be embarrassed, he would have to regard illegal immigration as something that should be stopped. On the contrary, he and the rest of the Democratic Party want to see our immigration laws repealed altogether. The party is losing the white working class at an astonishing rate and they know their continued viability rests on millions of welfare-dependent immigrants. Everything Obama has done since taking office has been geared towards turning illegals into voters, Mexicans into Americans, and the U.S. into a country without borders.
But let’s put American liberals aside for a minute. Isn’t it worth asking why Mexico is so opposed to the wall? Why is their government eager to see their own citizens flee the country? Could it be that what Trump said is true? That we’re getting the absolute worst Mexico has to offer? You’d have to imagine that if the country’s best and brightest were pouring across the border, the Mexican government would not only support a wall, they would have built it themselves by now.
Instead, we hear comments like this from Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu: “It is impossible to think of a 2,000 mile border being walled off and trade between our two countries stopped. It is impractical, inefficient, wrong, and frankly, it is not an intelligent thing to do.”
The only trade that will be stopped is the drug trade, although that probably does strike fear in the hearts of many corrupt Mexican politicians. Maybe instead of attacking Donald Trump, these clowns should turn their attention to a cause closer to home – namely, creating a country where people actually want to live.
In other words, Make Mexico Great Again.