Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Presidential Candidates Call for Unity to Face Threats against Mexico

Presidential Candidates Call for Unity to Face Threats against Mexico

Faced with the "disrespectful and insulting" insistence of the United States president - especially after ordering the deployment of troops to the border - the Senate has responded through the suspension of bilateral cooperation in migration, considering that his behavior "is based on prejudice and misinformation", frequently resorting to "threat and blackmail", according to Senator Laura Rojas Hernández, who read the statement before the full Senate, as EFE reported.

The Mexican foreign ministry warned that any escalation could hurt relations between Mexico and the U.S.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday cited a historic uptick in border crossings in spring months like April and advertising from smuggling groups as reasons for the move, calling it in part "anticipating".

The front-runner in the Mexican presidency, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, weighed in on the issue in a tweet.

Mexico's presidential candidates also commented on the recent developments, making the most of Trump's comments for their own campaigns.

Jose Antonio Meade, the candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party who ranks third in polls, on Wednesday urged candidates to stand together in denouncing the deployment of troops on the border.

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The narrative on the right this week, for example, mostly omitted that many people in the caravan planned to resettle in Mexico, not the United States.

The Senate also insisted on reminding President Trump that NAFTA has been of mutual benefit, underlining "the five million USA jobs derived from the Treaty and the Mexican investments for more than 52,000 million dollars in 6,500 United States companies that have employed more than 120,000 people", the report continues.

Most of the group is now in the town of Matias Romero Avendano in the state of Oaxaca. "Then every migrant will be informed of the legal options they have and the difficulties to get a refugee status in the United States, which could mean up to a year in a jail-like situation until everything is solved", Rodrigo Abeja, one of the caravan's organizers, told the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

"The threat of militarizing the border.is not an act of respect", she wrote in a letter addressed to Trump.

Most of the migrants joined the caravan in hope of reaching the USA and escaping from violence plaguing their own countries.

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