Mexico is suggesting a passive-aggressive bold move in response to the American demand for a border wall to be built on the Mexican-American border. A top official, Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray, suggested that Americans be charged a fee for entering the country.
Even though this is in obvious retaliation to President Donald Trump’s plan for the wall, they are not bold enough to do anything too extreme.
A visa would made things very difficult for Americans to enter the country without prior paperwork. This obviously would not be a wise move for them financially, so it’s immediately dismissed.
An outright ban on Americans is so outrageous, it’s not even considered. We have a very strong economy and no one wants to keep us out. It is likely, most of this anti-American propaganda in Mexico is just a political move so they can try and get out of paying for the wall.
Videgaray, as well as a lot of other Mexican officials, insists that Mexico will pay nothing towards the wall along their border.
This issue is currently being tabled by the United States until September, so what is going on in Mexico to make them so bitter?
From Fox News:
“We could explore — not necessarily a visa, that could impede a lot of people from coming to Mexico — but we could perhaps (have) a fee associated with entry,” Videgaray said. “This is something that I’m sure will be part of our discussion, and I believe we can find points of agreement.”
Videgaray went on to say that Mexico would not pay a cent towards the wall. He said if talks between the U.S. and Mexico fail to satisfy both countries, the Mexican government would consider reducing security cooperation. “If the negotiation on other themes — immigration, the border, trade — isn’t satisfactory to Mexico’s interests, we will have to review our existing cooperation,” Videgaray said. “This would be especially in the security areas … and that involves the national immigration agency, the federal police and of course, the armed forces.”
Trump has asked congress to include a down payment on the wall in the spending bill but because of scrutiny from both sides, the President announced Monday that he’d be willing to wait until September to revisit the issue of funding; however, his stance on Mexico’s role in paying for the wall hasn’t changed.