LATIN-AMERICA

Trump sends troops to border with Mexico to stop illegal immigration

WASHINGTON – In an effort to restrict illegal crossings into the United States from Mexico, President Donald Trump increased the number of military personnel on the country’s southern border.

U.S. President Donald Trump campaigned on an anti-immigration platform, and just over a year into his presidency he has announced to increase military forces on the U.S. – Mexico border. Trump claimed the policy will reduce the risk posed to those attempting to enter the U.S. across the harsh desert, as well as protect American citizens from criminals crossing the border.

In press conferences and social media statements in early April, Trump did not specify the number or type of forces that have been deployed to the border. However,  during a state lunch with the leaders of Baltic nations, he focused on the imminent completion of a wall and stressed the importance of his plan to secure the lifestyle of US Americans and keep immigrants safe.  Trump also criticized the policies of previous U.S. governments, describing their procedures and laws as “pathetic and weak.”

“In the matter of the border we are going to be doing something militarily about it until we have a wall for proper security,” Trump told U.S. news outlet NBC.

International Reaction

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto expressed his dissatisfaction with Trump’s statements. “Trump’s statements express frustration for internal problems in his government concerning his laws or his congress, in that case he should deal with them instead of bothering  Mexico,” Peña Nieto told Mundo News.

“The U.S. government must stop creating policies that discriminate against Latin Americans,“ Nieto said, adding that negative rhetoric will not affect Mexico’s actions, and that collaboration between the two nations will prove more effective.

Latin America specialists have opposed Trump. For example, Eric Olson of the nonpartisan Wilson Center told BBC News: “If you are investing in the region to address the drivers of migration and at the same time pursuing a policy of large-scale deportation, or at least potentially large-scale deportation, and you are also creating more obstacles for people leaving the region, for reasons of violence and so on, you are really creating more instability, not less ”.

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