Mexico’s border is one of the hot topics in Trump administration. As the President plans to build a wall on the southwest border of the US, Mexico is planning to charge a fee for Americans entering the country, a top Mexican official said on Tuesday.
Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray together with Mexico’s top legislators, called Trump’s plan an “unfriendly, hostile” act, and called on his colleagues to consider the entrance fee, which many considered it as retaliation.
“We could explore — not really a visa, that could obstruct many individuals from coming to Mexico — however, we could maybe (have) a charge related to the passage,” Videgaray said. “This is something that I’m certain will be part of our discussion, and I believe we can find points of agreement.”
On Monday, Trump said he will return to financing for the wall in September, insisting to let Mexico pay for it.
However, Videgaray strongly said that Mexico would not pay a cent toward the wall. He said if talks between the U.S. and Mexico fail to satisfy both countries, the Mexican government would consider reducing security cooperation.
“If the negotiation on other themes — immigration, the border, trade — isn’t satisfactory to Mexico’s interests, we will have to review our existing cooperation,” Videgaray said. “This would be especially in the security areas … and that involves the national immigration agency, the federal police and of course, the armed forces.”
Currently, Mexico cooperates with the United States in fighting drug cartels and other forms of transnational crime. Therefore, if the country would no longer cooperate, it could result in greater difficulties for American law enforcement.
Despite numerous claims from Mexican officials to the contrary, President Trump announced Monday that he’d be willing to wait until September to revisit the issue of funding; however, his stance on Mexico’s role in paying for the wall hasn’t changed.
Moreover, Videgaray did not address the possible impact of such a fee on the tourism industry — and it could be dramatic. Mexico saw over 11 million international tourists between January and April of 2016, and the majority were from the United States. Between January and October of 2016, nearly 8 million Americans vacationed in Mexico.
Meanwhile, the country is thinking of taking other measures to ensure that they will not submit under Trump’s presidency.