The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said on Saturday that putting up walls would not solve problems due to immigration, challenging the vision of Donald Trump during her visit to Mexico.
Speaking in Mexico City alongside the Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, Merkel said history showed only when empires have gotten on well with their neighbors have migration pressures been resolved in a way that ensured stability.
Her remarks, translated by The Hill, read:
“Obviously the main reason for people leaving must be addressed on site first, which means putting up walls and cutting oneself off will not solve the problem,” Merkel said, speaking in Mexico City.
“It’s an issue you can study well in the history of China with the (Great) Wall of China, you can study it in the history of the Roman Empire.
Essentially, only when great empires have managed to forge sensible relationships with their neighbors and to manage migration has it been a success.”
Merkel added that she doesn’t think that “by simply improving the border facilities you can solve the problem.”
Merkel’s remarks are a veiled shot at President Donald Trump, who campaigned on a promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. President Peña Nieto, who has been accused of being too soft on — or even in bed with — Mexico’s drug cartels, has attacked the idea of building a barrier protecting Americans from cartel violence. “Mexico does not believe in walls,” he said shortly after Trump’s inauguration.
Are you surprised at how little sense her argument makes? Should she stay out of the affairs between the United States and Mexico?
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