Following a controversial and hastily thrown together bilateral meeting behind closed doors on Wednesday, GOP nominee Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto held a tense press conference in which they politely disagreed about immigration, trade, and jobs.
Speaking first, President Peña Nieto tore into the core argument of Trump’s campaign — that illegal immigration across the U.S. Mexico border is out of control.
“Undocumented immigration from Mexico to the U.S. had its highest point 10 years ago and it has slowed down consistently, even to the point of being negative in a net effect at this point,” said Peña Nieto, referring to data that supports these claims. He added that Trump’s portrayal of the border as a one-way street is “a clearly incomplete version” that “doesn’t account for the illegal flow” of money and firearms that goes into Mexico from the United States.
“Every year, millions of dollars and weapons come in from the north that strengthen the cartels and other criminal organizations that generate violence in Mexico,” Peña Nieto pointed out, adding that criminals in the U.S. benefit from the sale of illegal drugs.
“Every year, millions of dollars and weapons come in from the north that strengthen the cartels and other criminal organizations that generate violence in Mexico.”