The Probable Next President of Mexico Has Called for Mass Migration to the U.S.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), the far-left presidential candidate in Mexico and former mayor of Mexico City, has called for mass migration to the U.S., saying it is a "human right" for Mexican citizens to enter the United States.
Just what we need. Another "human right" invented by the left.
"And soon, very soon – after the victory of our movement – we will defend all the migrants in the American continent and all the migrants in the world," Obrador said, adding that immigrants "must leave their towns and find a life in the United States."
He then declared it as "a human right we will defend," eluniversal.com reports.
While the election is not until July 1, Obrador is by far the frontrunner.
Obrador in April delivered [a] speech criticizing Trump and promising that Mexico will not become a "piñata" for any foreign government, Global News reports.
The former mayor of Mexico City, Obrador holds progressive populist views. The 64-year-old ran unsuccessfully for president twice before, according to DW.
Fox's Tucker Carlson noted Thursday that Obrador has previously proposed granting amnesty to Mexican drug cartels. "America is now Mexico's social safety net, and that's a very good deal for the Mexican ruling class," Carlson added.
AMLO is far ahead in the polls, making him an odds-on favorite to win the election in July. But how much of this is campaign rhetoric and how much is part of his program?
First, how would any of this help Mexico? My serious Mexican friends tell me they'd rather find prosperity and jobs in their country. Telling people to go north is another way of saying that AMLO's policies will not help Mexico keep Mexicans. Believe it or not, most Mexicans would rather stay home, or at least that's what they tell me.
Second, is AMLO proposing to change Mexico's rigid immigration laws? Is he going to open Mexico's southern border and allow people in? How does AMLO define a "migrant"?
Third, does he believe that the U.S. is just going to sit back and watch Mexicans cross the border?
The bad news is that AMLO's remarks are irresponsible and not helpful. The good news is that he may be getting desperate, sensing that Mr. Anaya is gaining on him.
It's even more provocative of AMLO to state that the U.S. has now become Mexico's "social safety net." It's almost as if the candidate is tailoring his campaign message to please Donald Trump. All Trump has to do to justify his immigration policies is point to what this loony lefty is saying and even the president's enemies won't be able to contradict him.
As Canto points out, this is not a serious campaign promise. Trump's wall would be built in record time if AMLO's pledge to flood the U.S. with illegals were to come to pass. But there is real danger that despite not being serious, AMLO's vision may become a reality. The socialist wants to implement many of the same policies tried in Venezuela. That has led to economic disaster and hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans fleeing their country.