Donald Trump might think his visit to Mexico was great. The best even. But our neighbors to the south disagree. In fact, they are so unimpressed with the possibility of a Trump presidency that they are threatening to take back Texas.
My first thought was “Bye,” too. But Texas isn’t all we stand to lose.
Mexican Senator Armando Rios Piter has proposed a bill that would prepare Mexico for conflict with the United States if Trump wins the election in November. “The goal is to foresee and prevent any negative effects on Mexico if Trump becomes president of the United States,” he explained.
Piter’s legislation would do three things. First, it would prevent public funds from being used on any project deemed to be “against the country’s interest.” In other words, it would ensure that Mexico will not pay for Trump’s stupid wall.
Second, if Trump were to cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which he has repeatedly threatened to do, it would automatically trigger Mexico to review and possibly even cancel all 75 bilateral agreements between the US and Mexico. As the Telegraph explains, this would include “the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American war and resulted in the US acquiring land encompassing the states of Texas and California, as well as large parts of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.”
Piter said that although it is unlikely that these major deals would be voided, he hopes the legislation will make it clear to the U.S. that there is a lot to lose by making Mexico an enemy.
The final portion of Piter’s bill addresses Trump’s threat to block remittance payments to Mexico from Mexicans living in the U.S. as a way to pay for the border wall. Under Piter’s legislation, if Trump decides to economically target Mexicans living in America, Mexico will retaliate by imposing an equivalent tax on Americans living in Mexico.
At the moment, Piter’s legislation is only in the initial stages, but he hopes that it will reach the Senate floor by next week.
We can’t take a partisan view of this,” says Senator Rios. “All parties in the senate are in agreement that Mexico needs to stand up for itself and strengthen its relationship with the United States. We want to shut Trump’s mouth, which has been spewing this hateful speech.”
Piter added that he is not afraid that Trump will attack him personally, something the billionaire bully is known for at this point. “As a Mexican, I already feel attacked and outraged at Trump. That’s why we have to act,” he insisted.
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