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Donald Trump is correct to say that some Mexicans would be happy to foot the bill for the construction of a wall for the purpose of immigration control— but he may be wrong about where they’d want it built.
That’s according to a report in a Mexican newspaper UK’s Daily Mail pointed to Friday.
The piece, published in the Mexican paper El Manana earlier this year, is titled (translated from Spanish) “Yes to the border wall… but in southern Mexico.”
The title is an obvious nod to co-opting Trump’s idea to protect Mexico from what the article describes as an “invasion” of Central Americans using the country as a highway to the U.S.
A large part of the problem from the Mexican perspective, the article says, is that illegal immigrants who are deported from the U.S. are often dropped off in Mexico rather than the Central American countries they originally left.
From the piece (as translated by Google):
If only the traffic of undocumented immigrants, mostly Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans were the problem, that would be less, but the case is that once the immigration officials detect them on US soil deported immediately, and not their hometowns as established in international conventions, but do so on the Mexican border, mainly to Reynosa.
This situation creates in border cities like ours, a number of problems because it is well known that the Mexican government is not going to send their hometowns because they lack resources to do so, that, without taking into account that most of deportees prefer to stay here to try again go in search of the “American dream”.
While it is true that in the city there are shelters where is given accommodation and food to migrants, this is only for three days so soon are the streets of different colonies of Reynosa requesting financial assistance to eat, or as they say, to return to their hometowns.
Many of these migrants unable to find an honest way to earn a living are devoted to crime resorting to assault, kidnapping and extortion, and in the worst case, by joining criminal groups of organized crime.
The article concludes that Trump’s wall idea is a good one but adds that Mexicans would be more willing to support it if he considered the possibility of building it on their country’s southern Border. In addition, it calls on Mexican officials to do a better job enforcing the nation’s existing immigration laws.