Manuel Lopez Obrador joins Trump in tackling the border problem
Mexico’s Newley elected President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has unveiled plans to halt illegal immigration to the United States by generating economic “free zones” along the U.S.-Mexico border.
López Obrador said the Tax Incentive Decree for the Northern Border Region, which would produce free zones close to the border that are over 15 miles wide, would be the biggest in the world.
“It’s going to be the biggest free zone in the world,” Lopez Obrador said.
“It is very important to project for winning investment, creating jobs and taking advantage of the economic strength of the United States.”
“Proponents of the president’s ‘free zone’ plan believe it would reduce the incentive for Mexicans to migrate to the U.S. and increase competition among local businesses,” According to Fox News
“But others fear that Mexican companies, attracted by low taxes, might move to the free zone and create an overall loss of tax revenue for the country as a whole.”
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune the free zones will:
- reduce income taxes from 30 percent to 20 percent
- slash the Value Added Tax for goods coming into the country from 16 percent to 8 percent
- boost the minimum wage 100 percent to 176 pesos ($8.80), and
make fuel prices the same as those in the U.S.
Lopez Obrador also considered creating a border force to prevent illegal immigration and stop the flow of drugs and illegal guns entering Mexico.
Bloomberg interviewed Alfonso Durazo, Lopez Obrador’s future chief of public security:
“We’re going to create a border police force that will be highly specialized,” Durazo told Bloomberg.
“They need to apply the law.”
MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL through the many billions of dollars a year that the U.S.A. is saving through the new Trade Deal, the USMCA, that will replace the horrendous NAFTA Trade Deal, which has so badly hurt our Country. Mexico & Canada will also thrive – good for all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2019
Lopez Obrador and the left-wing party he formed in 2014 won a landslide triumph in last week’s election after voters upset with rising crime, corruption and poverty kicked the nation’s established parties out of control.
AMLO, as he’s known, also got a boost from pledges to defend Mexicans against an immigrant crackdown by U.S. President Donald Trump.
Now he’ll be faced with the unenviable task of securing the nation’s untamed southern border while avoiding the hard-line tactics he has criticized Trump for.
Lopez Obrador, who has publically sided with trump over immigration policies, announced he planned to “travel without armed guards and claim[ed] that the people will protect him, even as the country has been rocked by scores of political assassinations over the past several months.” The Daily Wire reported:
Obrador sent a letter to Trump earlier this year revealing his hopes on how two countries could work together to secure their borders.
“There will be many changes,” he vowed in the letter.
“And in this new atmosphere of progress with well-being, I’m sure we can reach agreements to confront together the migration phenomenon as well as the problem of border insecurity.”