Apparently when it comes to keeping illegal immigrants out of its own country, Mexico is taking a page from Donald Trump's playbook and building a wall to keep out illegal immigrants along its southern border with Central America.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto may resent Trump's plan, but according to the UK Daily Mail, many Mexicans praise the idea of a southern border wall. They are desperate to keep out "hordes" of Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans who are fleeing violence in their own countries and are on their way to the United States -- and then simply deported back to Mexico rather than to their home countries by the U.S. "Trump's idea of a border wall is a good one but it should be on the southern border with Central America in order to stop the flow of Central Americans from entering both countries," the board of the El Mañana paper wrote in July.
El Mañana also called for proper immigration checkpoints on the southern border, and criticized Hillary Clinton for failing to deal with the issue of border security.
The UN estimates 400,000 Central Americans cross illegally into Mexico each year. As many as half are fleeing violence and gangs in their home countries yet most immigrants are eventually deported back home. Mexico deported 175,000 Central Americans last year - a 68 per cent increase from 2014. "Many of these migrants when they are unable to find an honest way of life turn to robberies, kidnappings, extortion, and in the worst cases join the ranks of organized crime," El Mañana's piece claimed. Migrants committing crimes? Shocking!
'Mexico has become a wall for migrants,' said Sister Magdalena Silva, coordinator of Cafemin, a privately run shelter for refugees in Mexico City. "The current policy is to arrest migrants to stop them from getting to the US border."
So Mexico has concluded that a wall is the answer to border security. What an original concept.