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Mexican Newspaper Supports Trump’s Wall, But on Southern Border with Guatemala

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jul 28, 2016, 1:07 pm
The Mexican Journal El Mañana demands the construction of a border wall to prevent Central American immigration (Hora Cero)
The Mexican Journal El Mañana demanded the construction of a border wall to quell Central American immigration. (Hora Cero)

EspañolThe Mexican journal El Mañana published an editorial July 24 advocating for the construction of a border wall similar to that of Donald Trump’s — “but in Southern Mexico.”

Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump’s idea for a wall involves Mexico financing the project and building it on their side of the border. El Mañana basically wants the same thing for Guatemala and Belize.

According to the journal, the border between Mexico and the two Central American nations:

Doesn’t give any benefits (to the country), on the contrary they only bring trouble. These crossings are used for a new invasion: that of Central Americans using our country to enter the United States.

El Mañana added that the main problem “isn’t the undocumented traffic, mainly Guatemalan, Salvadoran and Honduran,” but rather that illegals deported from the United States don’t go back “to their origin as established in international treaties.” Instead, they go mainly to the city of Reynosa.

“Most deported immigrants, the journal claimed, would rather stay in Mexico “to try to go back to look for the ‘american dream.’”  The editorial continued:

A lot of these immigrants dedicate themselves to assault, kidnapping and extortion. In the worst cases, integrating themselves into organized crime groups.

El Mañana proposed building “the border wall proposed by Trump” to “solve the problem lived by the US and Mexico.”

But they don’t want to build it on the border between these two countries. The journal argued the wall should be built south of the country, in the border between Mexico and Guatemala-Belize.

To avoid the crossing of illegal Central Americans, but also to demand migration documents to all foreigners getting into our country.

There’s already a division at the US-Mexico border called “the wall of shame.” It was built by the US government with the same objective: to stop the crossing of illegal immigrants. There are bits of this wall in the Arizona, Sonora, New Mexico, Baja California, Texas and Chihuahua states.

Since 1994, when the wall’s construction started, illegal immigrants from Mexico have tried to cross using the most dangerous areas, like the Arizona desert. This has resulted in over 10,000 deaths since its operations started. There are currently 50 kilometers of built fence. They now seek to complete 1,200 kilometers, as planned.

Source: El Mañana

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.