President Donald Trump won the presidency based in large part on his promise to the American people that he would build a wall to protect the our borders from the influx of illegals and to deport the ‘bad duds’ who bring drugs into the U.S.
In an exclusive interview, Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Carlos M. Sada said the Mexican government would take back Mexicans who are deported from the United States but emphasized that the Mexican government would refuse to reimburse the U.S. for the construction of a border wall PJ Media reports.
In his first televised interview as president last month, President Trump told ABC that immediate construction of the border wall would first be funded by taxpayers “and we will be, in a form, reimbursed by Mexico.”
“I’m just telling you there will be a payment,” Trump said, vowing “100 percent” reimbursement from Mexico. “It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form.”
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said last month in a televised address, “I’ve said time and again: Mexico won’t pay for any wall. I regret and condemn the decision of the United States to continue construction of a wall that, for years, has divided us instead of uniting us.”
The Trump administration’s draft deportation guidelines prioritize undocumented immigrants with criminal records for removal from the interior of the United States.
PJM asked the ambassador if the Mexican government would accept all deportations of migrants who have committed crimes while living illegally in the country.
“As long as they are Mexicans, yes. As long as they are not Mexicans, no,” the ambassador said after his meetings at the National Governors Association winter meeting.
Sada was likely referring to part of a draft document with new potential guidelines that would allow U.S. authorities to send asylum seekers “to the foreign contiguous territory from which they arrived, pending the outcome of removal proceedings,” meaning non-Mexicans could be sent to Mexico.
Mexico’s consul general in San Diego indicated shortly after Trump’s election that the country was preparing for deportations under the new president. “We are prepared – our consular network in the United States – to protect the Mexicans and their human rights,” Marcela Celorio said. “And also, in Mexico, we are prepared to take them back.”
Trump promised in his Tuesday address to a joint session of Congress to “soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our southern border.” PJM asked Sada if Mexico would eventually reimburse the U.S. for the border wall if the federal government initially pays for its construction.
“Well, it has already been said really clearly and loud Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, so we are working in different scenarios – but that is one issue Mexico is not taking into consideration at all,” the ambassador responded.
Sada was also asked for his opinion of a possible border adjustment tax on imports from Mexico as a way to pay for the wall.
“Well, actually, so far there is nothing official, it is just comments. But let me tell you that the relationship between Mexico and the United States is unique in the world. The trade that exists between our two nations is just second to Canada, worldwide, so we are the second-largest country that exports of the United States goes to, so that is fundamental in order to analyze and put in good perspective what is happening between the two nations,” the ambassador said.