Mexicans fear Trump rhetoric is a poison that will infect US border policy

2/26/2016 The Guardian 

A small fence separates densely populated Tijuana, Mexico, right, from the United States in the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector.  Construction is underway to extend a secondary fence over the top of this hill and eventually to the Pacific Ocean.
A small fence separates densely populated Tijuana, Mexico, right, from the United States in the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector. Construction is underway to extend a secondary fence over the top of this hill and eventually to the Pacific Ocean.

Donald Trump’s rhetoric about migrants and his promise to wall off the US’s southern border have prompted Joe Biden to apologize on behalf of a nation anddriven former Mexican President Vicente Fox to swearing.

But even if the border wall is never built, many in Mexico fear that Trump’s comments about the country will result in a more draconian US border policy, threatening to derail two decades of closer ties and economic integration brought about by the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“There is no winning for Mexico in this situation,” says Federico Estévez, political science professor at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico. “The only win is if Trump loses down the line. But you can be sure that his policy on immigration will be followed at the border.”

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