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Mexico Responds to Trump’s Demand to Tie Immigration to NAFTA Renegotiation

President Donald Trump tweeted Monday on his Twitter account some new demands he wants to see added to the North American Free Trade negotiations. Trump stated that any NAFTA renegotiation should address his immigration concerns over the border.

However, he first took aim at congressional Democrats over their support of Sanctuary Cities and continued reticence to fund anything that will increase border security, “Despite the Democrat inspired laws on Sanctuary Cities and the Border being so bad and one sided, I have instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security not to let these large Caravans of people into our Country. It is a disgrace.”

“We are the only Country in the World so naive! WALL.”

“Mexico, whose laws on immigration are very tough, must stop people from going through Mexico and into the U.S. We may make this a condition of the new NAFTA Agreement. Our Country cannot accept what is happening!” the president said on his Twitter page. He added, “Also, we must get Wall funding fast.”

The Mexican government responded through Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, saying on Monday that Mexico “decides its immigration policy in a sovereign manner and that it would be unacceptable to condition the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to the issue.”

Videgaray’s comments on Twitter came very shortly after President Trump threatened to make immigration control a condition of a new NAFTA deal. This public refusal to consider President Trump’s demands has already played out once before.

After initial protestations, Mexico’s team under Videgaray offered some major concessions to the United States delegation last week to conditionally end the NAFTA backdoor used by China and other nations to get favorable trade access to the United States. This is believed to have resulted in the fear that the aluminum and steel tariffs would be brought to bear against Mexico.

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