Update: The office of the Presidency has posted a video from Pena Nieto. It is clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall. He is doing a few things in that message. He is offering the friendship of Mexico to the American people, and his government is going to continue negotiations. Though he did not state whether he is traveling to Washington or not. However, he condemns the buildings of walls, that only divide the two peoples. “Mexico does not believe in walls,” He also affirmed. “Mexico will not pay for the wall.”
He also said that every Mexican consulate, all 50 of them, will serve to defend the rights of all Migrant Migrants as required by law. “Our communities are not alone.” The government of Mexico will offer the legal aid that they need.
We are including the video in Spanish for those interested.
Jan 25, 2017 (MEXICO CITY) Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is considering canceling the trip on Jan 31, for a meeting with President Donald Trump and Premiere Justin Trudeau. These meetings have been customary, and the issue at hand was the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The Mexican president has been under pressure all day to cancel the trip after the announcement on building the wall at the Department of Homeland Security by President Trump. These are the minimum conditions under which Pena Nieto, and the Mexican government, will negotiate any changes to NAFTA.
- Respect to the human rights of Mexican migrants
- Any repatriation to be done in an orderly and coordinated way.
- There must be a commitment to the development of the hemisphere.
- Free flow of money sent by Mexican citizens to relatives from the United States (Remesas)
- Stop the flow of illegal weapons and illegal money across borders.
- Free trade between the US, Canada, and Mexico
- Modernizing market development to include new technologies.
- Better wages for Mexican workers.
- Protection of foreign investment in Mexico (Part of NAFTA)
- The border must be the place to share spaces.
There have been rumors and constant pressure for Pena Nieto to cancel. The Congress has vowed support, and even members of the right wing opposing Partido de Acccion Nacional, are now pressuring for the cancellation of the trip. So are the left-wing parties, such as the Partido de la Revolucion Democratica.
The decision will be made fairly soon, and it is driven by the executive orders signed in the morning.
In local politics, Mayor Kevin Faulconer has come in support of trade with Mexico. As we posted earlier in the day, this trade is essential for the San Diego economy.