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Mexico’s president faces criticism for his crackdown on immigrants

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is facing increasing criticism for his compliance with US President Donald Trump after setting up a “wall” of security forces that clashed with Central American immigrants near the Guatemala border last week.

Mexico bowed to Trump’s demands to contain the mass movements of immigrants traveling through Mexico toward the U.S. border.

Such moves have not attracted much criticism from Mexican public opinion in the past because of President Lopez Obrador’s reputation as a left-wing champion of the poor and foreign migrants.

But pictures of the military police of the Mexican National Guard attacking Central American migrants and using tear gas have drawn increasing condemnation, including from the United Nations.

Lopez Obrador defended National Guard and Immigration officials during his regular press conference. Trump has made immigration a key issue in his re-election campaign and wants to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

A Mexican Foreign Ministry spokesman rejected the idea that his government had actually established the Trump Wall along the Swate River that separates Mexico from Guatemala.

“This is completely wrong,” he said, responding to a question on Mexican radio.

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