Mexico is upset with President Donald Trump’s efforts to tighten border security and especially with his efforts to deal more thoroughly with illegal aliens present in the US, many of whom are Mexican. A coalition has formed—a group of Mexican officials, legislators, governors and public figures planning to meet [in the US] with migrant groups—to plot ways in which to interfere with our enforcement of our immigration laws.
One of those ways was described by Mexican ex-Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda:
The backlog in the immigration system is tremendous [the idea is to double or triple the backlog]….
Notice that: the idea isn’t to protect and enforce such rights as illegal aliens have in the United States, but simply to overburden our court system. That’s nakedly cynical, but that’s mild. This coalition is plotting worse.
Here’s Senator (Party of the Democratic Revolution) Armando Ríos Piter and an attendee of the coalition’s meetings in Phoenix over the weekend:
Mexico is helping on the fight on terror and that collaboration should be put under review given the attitude of Trump. It’s important to make clear to them the possible consequences if Trump keeps a hostile and aggressive stance.
American government plans and methods for dealing with illegal aliens are certainly legitimate subjects for discussion and debate. Threats to increase our vulnerability to terrorism unless we surrender our law enforcement to Mexican demands are unacceptable in those discussions and debates and anywhere else.
We should—at the least—accelerate our enforcement against illegal aliens who are Mexican citizens or who entered the US illegally via Mexican routes until the Mexican government publicly and explicitly repudiates Piter’s threat and any others like it. With regard to Piter, we have laws against making terrorist threats, and they should be enforced against everyone in the United States. Including Mexican government officials.