AMLO: ‘We defend Mexico’s sovereignty’

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) responded to President Donald Trump´s declarations by stating that his government defends Mexico’s sovereignty and is acting in accordance with the bilateral immigration agreements signed with the United States.

Trump declared he was “using Mexico” to protect the country’s southern border because “Democrats won’t fix” the “failed immigration system.”

AMLO responded by reaffirming that he wants no confrontations with the White House. Nevertheless, he expressed that his administration is upholding Mexico’s dignity. “We are very interested … in establishing a good relationship with the U.S., … and we are also looking for cooperation and mutual respect.”

Mexico signed a migratory agreement with the United States on June 7th, in which it committed to send thousands of its new National Guard troops to “contain” the migratory flow that has increased from Central America and the Caribbean. The deal was made under Trump’s pressure to being applying hefty import taxes on Mexican products if AMLO did not comply.

Trump also decreed that the U.S. will only allow 18,000 refugees to enter the country starting the next fiscal year, which begins next Tuesday. This measure cuts the number of refugees allowed in the U.S. by nearly half.

Source: El Universal, teleSUR.

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