Mexican senators demand President Pena Nieto stops cooperation with US over Trump's repeated attacks

Non-binding statement calls for suspension until US leader treats neighbouring country with respect 

Thursday 05 April 2018 15:24 BST
Donald Trump has deployed the National Guard to the US border with Mexico
Donald Trump has deployed the National Guard to the US border with Mexico (Getty)

Mexican senators are calling on the nation’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, to stop cooperating with the US after Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the country.

A non-binding statement demanding a suspension of joint efforts to fight against organised crime until Mr Trump treats Mexico with respect has been unanimously approved by senators in the country.

The statement criticises Mr Trump for his “baseless and offensive comments about Mexico and Mexicans”.

It also strongly condemns Mr Trump’s decision to deploy the National Guard to the US southern border with Mexico, according to The Hill.

The National Guard will be permitted to support US Customs and Border Protection agents after Mr Trump warned of the danger of gangs and illegal immigration from Mexico.

“Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the US,” Mr Trump tweeted.

“They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!”

The US leader has been escalating his rhetoric on immigration and border security, calling on Congress to change the US’s “very weak” border laws.

Mr Trump also said he wanted to send the military to guard the border “until we can have a wall and proper security”.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in