Would a Trump wall force Mexico to construct its own border walls?

by Allan Wall

Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of BizPac Review.

The Mexican elite (including the media, politicians and showbiz personalities) have been lambasting Donald Trump and his campaign since minutes after he completed his initial speech back in June of 2015.

Nevertheless, there are now signs that, although the Mexican government doesn’t like it, Mexico’s leaders realize that Trump may actually win.  If so, they  are going to have to work with him.

For example, in a joint press conference on July 22nd  with Obama in Washington, visiting Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who had previously likened Trump to Hitler and Mussolini, spoke much more constructively.

“To Mrs. Hillary Clinton and Mr. Donald Trump, I want to express my highest respect,” said President Pena,  who promised a  “frank and open dialogue” with whomever wins the election.

(Our own President Obama, on the other hand,  utilized  the occasion for some Trump-bashing.)

The Mexican government is also promoting a program designed to help Mexicans returning from  the United States to Mexico.  The last time I entered Mexico this past June  (I go there several times a year) I saw a new section in the Mexican immigration station.  It was designed not for receiving foreigners like myself, but for  Mexicans returning from the United States.

It seems the Mexican government realizes  there may  be a lot more Mexicans returning in the future.

In the Mexican media, an editorial published July 24th called on Mexico to construct its own walls!

The editorial appeared in Mañana (Tomorrow), published in the border city of Reynosa (across the Rio Grande from Hidalgo, Texas).  It  was entitled  Sí al muro fronterizo… Pero en el sur de México.  For those of you who don’t read Spanish, that means “Yes to the Border Wall –   But in the south of Mexico.”

The editorial begins by pointing out that Mexico has two borders on its south/southeast (click here for a map) and that these two borders “…only give us problems because these crossings are utilized for a new invasion, that of Central Americans who utilize our country to cross to the United States.”

Multitudes of Central Americans, you see,  mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras (countries which are poorer than Mexico),  cross illegally into Mexico,  in order to travel all the way across that country to arrive to the U.S. border, where they also cross illegally.

The truth is that the Mexican government doesn’t really care much if the Central Americans cross through Mexico  as long as they don’t stay there.

But, some do stay  in Mexico. Others enter the U.S..

Some Central Americans who enter the U.S. are deported back to Mexico and stay in Mexican border towns, waiting to make another break across the border.

As  the Mexican  editorial points out, some resort to criminal activities, including robbery, extortion and murder.

Just imagine what would happen if the U.S. seriously closed its border with Mexico, as Trump proposes . Then all those Central Americans would be stuck in Mexico.  And the Mexicans don’t want that.

Thus, the editorial calls for Mexico to construct its own walls to protect its southeastern borders.

Quoth Mañana, “Trump’s idea [of a wall] is good, but more necessary than constructing a wall on the northern border of Mexico is to make one on the south/southeast border to stop the passage of Central Americans to both countries. “

Isn’t it interesting how Trump’s wall proposal, if enacted, could have far-reaching consequences all the way down  to Central America?

Allan Wall lived a decade and a half in Mexico, and currently resides north of the border, where he teaches high school Spanish

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