In the wake of President Trump’s decision to order National Guard troops to the border, the Mexican Senate passed a resolution that would end bilateral cooperation between our countries on the issues of drug cartels and illegal immigration. Passed by a unanimous vote and sent to the White House and Congress, the document accused Trump of behaving in a way that was intolerable to the citizens of Mexico.
“Despite everything that is at stake in the relationship between our two countries, the way in which President Donald Trump has behaved is, for the Mexican people, unacceptable and intolerable,” said the Senate resolution. The document went on to reject Trump’s efforts to “militarize the border with Mexico and called on President Enrique Pena Nieto to end any and all cooperation with the U.S. vis a vis drugs and crime until such time that Trump “acts with civility and respect.”
The resolution is nonbinding and does not come with the force of law, making this more of a publicity stunt than anything else. The Mexican Senate may not understand what would happen if the U.S. left Mexico to fend for itself against the cartels, but Pena Nieto certainly does. He’s not about to turn his back on the best ally his country could ever ask for. This is a move that’s meant for the consumption of the Mexican voters – at least those of whom who have not yet jumped the fence and scurried their way to one of over 300 sanctuary cities in the U.S.
Trump emerged from Easter weekend with a newfound sense of purpose when it comes to illegal immigration – a response, perhaps, to the criticism he received after signing that last Democrat Dream Document known as the omnibus spending bill. Whatever sparked his ire, he was in rare form this week with multiple tweets condemning Mexico, the Democrats, and the laws currently standing in the way of real action at the border.
“Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW! The Democrats stand in our way – they want people to pour into our country unchecked….CRIME! We will be taking strong action today.”
He also threatened to make Mexico sorry if they did not step up and do more to keep people from crossing over into the U.S.
“They laugh at our dumb immigration laws,” he said. “They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!”