There is nothing new in this approach, previous administrations have tried to pressure the Mexican government to do more to stem the flow of migrants and to combat drugs and other crime. But no president has used the kind of blunt-force threat that Mr. Trump wielded.
Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced he was sending his foreign minister to Washington, D.C., on Friday to negotiate with U.S. officials ahead of a June 10 deadline set by Trump.
Over 30 million voters in Mexico gave this new president an historic landslide victory, which he won with over 50 percent of the votes. But today, six months after the new leader took office on December 1st, things are not looking quite as expected.
Most of Mexico’s voters had hinged on his promises that he would bring down gas prices, and this has not happened. Insecurity is considered worse with crime and corruption on the rise.
Mexico’s president vowed to tackle insecurity in a country where more than 70 percent of reported crimes go unpunished, and 90 percent of crimes are not reported due to mistrust of authorities.
But after he took office six months ago with an overwhelming house majority, some key issues seem unchanged.
It’s no wonder that the issue of illegal immigrants is of paramount importance, and that a thorough vetting process will keep the country a little safer.