We’ve come a long way from the time in August of 2015 when Jorge Ramos challenged Donald Trump and was escorted out of the press conference. He repeatedly attacked the candidate in the days that followed as a racist for advocating a policy of the enforcement of our laws designed to protect our national sovereignty and our citizens. They are basic policies and security measures that are less stringent than those in place in most nations throughout the world, including Mexico.
Things have changed since former Mexican President Vicente Fox used profanity on air in declaring that Mexico would not pay for the border wall. Since the election the bluster of the Mexicans has largely disappeared. They realize they are going to have to deal with Mr. Trump and that he holds most of the cards. Suddenly, the Chihuahua has realized that it is in a very vulnerable position and is no longer nipping at the St. Bernard’s heels. One bite is all it would take and Mr. Trump does look a little like Cujo, in just the right light.
Gone is the dismissive arrogance of the past, the visible disdain the Mexican President Pena Nieto displayed for groveling Joe Biden as he apologized for Donald Trump’s candidacy. No more apologies should be expected and all indications are that the missing respect for America has now been introduced into the relationship.
On Wednesday Pena Nieto said that everything will be open for discussion when the United States and Mexico sit down for talks under the incoming Trump administration. Pena Nieto said, “All the issues that define our bilateral relationship are on the table, including security, migration and trade,” in a speech to a group of diplomats. He repeated his nation’s position that they would not be paying for the border wall, as if it would be a voluntary act on their part. We already understand that they don’t want to pay for it, now it’s time for them to understand that that is irrelevant.
Reuters reported last month the intention on the part of the Mexican government to use the enforcement of their border as a potential bargaining chip. It’s an admission of what was already obvious, that they could be preventing the invasion of America if they were properly motivated. It is something they might offer to secure some type of concession on trade during the NAFTA renegotiations.
Last week Mexico made a change in the position of Foreign Minister, moving former finance minister Luis Videgaray to the position. In a deviation from their policy of attempting to “sell the stupid Americans” on the “benefits” of open borders, Pena Nieto said Mexico would invest in a more secure border but reiterated their position that they would not pay for the border wall.
In defending their stance, Pena Nieto stated that the US shares responsibility for the illegals flooding into the United States, a statement that is true to a degree. Obama has done nothing but encourage and reward invaders. Pena Nieto also said we should stop the flow into his country of illegal weapons and illicit money that finances organized crime inside Mexico. The wall will stop traffic flowing in both directions.
The presence of illegal weapons, cartel terrorists, organized crime and lawlessness has been a trade off the Mexican government has been willing to accept in exchange for the “benefits” of remittances from illegals in the United States. It also provided an open door through which bribery is untraceable.
Now that there will once again be a return to the rule of law in immigration, the Mexican government now has rediscovered its ability to enforce its own border, if the deal is right.
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