Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador shot back against the harsh criticism issued by President Donald Trump on Thursday and pointed out that immigration problems along the southern United States are not due to Mexico.
Posting to Twitter Thursday morning, Trump wrote: "Mexico does nothing to help stop illegal immigrants in our country [sic]." The president continued, "They are all talked and no action" before they also switch to blaming Central American nations. "Similarly, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years and do nothing [sic]," he added. The president also threatened that he "could close the southern border!"
López Obrador replied and said that Mexico respects Trump's position, Reuters reported. However, he questioned the President's characterization. "That is, this is a problem in the United States, or it is a problem for the Central American countries. It is not up to us, Mexicans, no," said the Mexican leader to journalists. . ] Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during his daily morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City on March 26. PEDRO PARDO / AFP / Getty Images
"I emphasize that migratory flows of the Mexicans to the United States are very low, much lower," he explained. "The Mexican no longer seeks work in the United States. The majority [of migrants at the border] are residents of our other Central American countries."
"Trump overlooked how Mexico has increased its immigration enforcement efforts since 201
"Mexico's immigration officials have seized over 22,000 Central American immigrants, and Mexico's Interior Minister announced this week that they would be developing a plan to counter migration through southern Mexico," she explained.
As pointed out by López Obrador, the unconscious immigration from Mexico has fallen sharply over the past two decades. According to a December report from the Pew Research Center, US Border Patrol initiated 130,454 Mexicans attempting to cross the border illegally in the financial year 2017, a steep fall from the peak of 1.6 million detained in 2000. Mexicans remain the largest immigrant groups in the United States , with a population of about 12 million in 2016. However, less than half or 45 percent were illegal in the United States.
"Mexican migration to the United States has been a net zero in recent years" Meyer said. "The Mexican-born population in the United States reached its peak in 2007 and has fallen since then, while the number of Central Americans floating in poverty and violence in their home countries has risen dramatically."
Trump has long pushed a tough stance on undocumenting immigrants, routinely lashing out in Mexico as well as other Central American nations. The president's policies are under intense control and drawn international condemnation, especially last summer, when it was revealed that immigrant children were separated from their parents and kept in secret detention facilities.