MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - Sec of State Tillerson Faces In Trip to Mexico

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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - Sec of State Tillerson Faces In Trip to Mexico

Post by Aspca4ever on Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:00 pm

Well now that the 'Great Negotiator' has bragged about his qualifications as grandiose & 'BIGLY' ability to handle any & all foreign situations so much better than any prior POTUS; this will take some serious special attention and back peddling by Tillerson!
Especially since the 'King of Tweet' has renewed his bravado about 'Building That Grand Wall' and how Mexico will pay for it!
INDEED, 'Chump' this is only our 2nd largest import/export trade nation that we've been working with FOREVER!

Mission impossible? Here's the maze of issues Tillerson faces in Mexico visit
David Agren, Special for USA TODAY Published 11:07 a.m. ET Feb. 23, 2017
MEXICO CITY — Top U.S. officials met Thursday with President Enrique Peña Nieto for likely contentious talks about relations between the two countries that have been badly strained over trade and illegal immigration since Donald Trump's election as president.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly's meeting comes a day after Mexico's foreign minister issued a blunt warning that his country would not allow the U.S. to dictate policy on deporting undocumented immigrants to Mexico.

Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, responding to tougher immigration enforcement plans unveiled by Kelly on Tuesday, said Mexico would doggedly defend its migrants living in the United States and take its case to the United Nations if necessary.
Videgaray also rejected the U.S. plan for Mexico to take non-Mexicans expelled from the U.S. Many are Central Americans entering the U.S. through Mexico, but on Wednesday Kelly seemed to modify the U.S. position by saying in Guatemala that the United States would send deportees in the U.S. illegally back to their countries of origin.
Peña Nieto had planned to visit Trump at the White House on Jan. 31, but canceled the trip after Trump tweeted that he shouldn't come unless he was prepared to discuss the U.S. president's plan to expand a wall along the two countries' border at Mexico's expense. Peña Nieto ruled out Mexico financing the construction.

Tillerson and Kelly arrived here Wednesday night and dined with Mexico’s secretaries of National Defense and the Navy at the U.S. ambassador’s residence. Besides immigration, the two countries are at odds over the North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — which has been an economic boon for Mexico but Trump wants to renegotiate because he says it has sent too many U.S. factories and jobs to lower-cost Mexico.

Also on the agenda is drugs, an issue where the two countries seem more in sync. Mexico has waged a decade-long crackdown on drug cartels and organized crime that has cost an estimated 200,000 lives. Government statistics showed January had the highest monthly murder rate in 20 years, with homicides climbing 38% compared with January 2016.

The United States and Mexico have cooperated closely over the last decade, as the U.S. has provided Mexico with material, technical and intelligence assistance that has led to the capture of cartel kingpins and the dismantling of many drug cartels.
Mexico also has helped deter the flow of undocumented immigrants into the U.S., detaining and deporting more than 300,000 foreign nationals — mostly Central Americans — traveling through Mexico. Many Central Americans are fleeing gang violence in countries with some of the highest murder rates in the world.

In Guatemala, Kelly urged potential migrants to stay put, saying they would be detained and deported promptly if they tried to reach the U.S. Trump has touted an expanded border wall as a way of stopping illegal immigration. However, recent estimates show more Mexicans are returning to Mexico from the U.S. than entering the country.
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