Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday delivered a sharp rebuke to Donald Trump over the US leader's plan to send National Guard troops to the border, urging him not to thrust Mexico into USA domestic politics, Reuters reported.
Faced with the "disrespectful and insulting" insistence of the USA president - especially after ordering the deployment of troops to the border - the Senate has responded through the suspension of bilateral cooperation in migration, considering that his behavior "is based on prejudice and misinformation", frequently resorting to "threat and blackmail", according to Senator Laura Rojas Hernández, who read the statement before the full Senate, as EFE reported. She mentioned the more than 3,000 kilometers of shared border, the 58 crossing points through which about 1 million people legally cross every day.
"Trump's conduct has been permanently and systematically, not only disrespectful, but insulting, based on prejudices and misinformation and making frequent use of threats and blackmail", said Laura Rojas, head of the Mexican Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, Reuters reported.
Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said he held talks with Kirstjen Nielsen, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, to clarify the aim of the operation, saying that Mexico will "act in a sovereign way in defense of the nation's interest".
It also reiterates the "fundamental importance of respecting the dignity and human rights of the Mexicans in the United States".
Trump's series of comments this week directed at Mexico have thrust the countries' relationship into the center of the presidential campaign, where the ruling party is trailing.
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Meanwhile, the caravan of Central American immigrants aiming to reach the United States seeking asylum and refugee status chose to stop halfway their journey due to pressure from both the US and Mexican authorities, announcing a change in their strategy.
"This anti-Mexican policy has worked politically because unfortunately there are conservative sectors in the United States with little information and he knows how to awaken an anti-Mexican sentiment, what's called xenophobia, which can be like racism, hatred of foreigners", Lopez Obrador said.
"We will reach Puebla in different buses".
The migrants had been camped out at a sports field in southern Oaxaca since the weekend.
'We do not accept the construction of a wall on our border. Many have been given temporary transit visas which they intend to use to request asylum in the United States. The statement said that the caravan has taken place each year since Y 2010, and that 400 people in the group have already been deported.