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Trump Trolls Spread False Rumors Mexico's AMLO Wants to Flood US with Migrants

  • Leftist front-runner AMLO poses for a selfie with a supporter after a campaign rally in Michoacan. May 31, 2018.

    Leftist front-runner AMLO poses for a selfie with a supporter after a campaign rally in Michoacan. May 31, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 26 June 2018
Opinion

Trump supporters are taking quotes out of context and spreading fake news to support their agenda.

A couple of quotes from the center-left candidate for the National Renewal Movement (Morena), who is also known by his initials AMLO, are being taken out of context by alt-right media sites and reproduced by people as mere gossip, trying to induce fear in U.S. citizens.

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An internet site called “We Support Donald Trump,” flooded by fact-twisting pro-Trump articles aimed at a conservative audience, published an article in which they affirm that AMLO is calling for Mexicans “to flood the U.S. border” and blames “liberals” for supporting him and his policies.

Citing the “Daily Caller,” the site claims that the leading candidate said:

“'And soon, very soon — after the victory of our movement — we will defend all the migrants in the American continent and all the migrants in the world,' Obrador said, adding that immigrants 'must leave their towns and find a life in the United States.'  He then declared it 'a human right we will defend.'”

Read like that, the quote suggests that next president of Mexico is calling for Mexicans to “leave their towns and find a life in the United States,” and they even affirm he “has been planning this for years but nobody really cared to pay attention.”

Immigrant children walk in single file at the facility near the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, June 19, 2018.  Photo | Reuters

However, a careful look at the quote reveals that something is missing between the first and the second part of it.

Going to the original source in “El Universal” news site (in Spanish), one notices the quote is blatantly taken out of context, ignoring an important key part of his speech.

“And soon, very soon, by the triumph of our movement we will defend migrants all over the American continent and all the migrants in the world who, by necessity, need to abandon their towns to search for a life in the United States. That's a human right we will defend,” he is quoted in a June 19 speech.

AMLO was addressing the inhumane treatment against immigrants crossing the border, and he demanded the current President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto to send a diplomatic protest to Donald Trump's government; to demand immediate intervention from the U.N. High Commissioner; and stopping the arrogant, racist and inhuman policy of putting children in cages and separating from their families.

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Also, his speech could be interpreted as a promise from AMLO to protect Mexican migrants crossing into the U.S. and Central and South American migrants trying to reach the “American Dream” as migration has been a staple of human society.

But instead, “We Support Donald Trump” and “The Conservative Treehouse” see a master plan to “use migration into the U.S. to break down barriers, collapse the economic dam and allow the natural flood of U.S. wealth to flow into Mexico,” because of course, that's the fastest way for Mexico to become a wealthy country.

The site doesn't stop there. It further blames Democrats, leftists and liberals critical of Trump's immigration policies calling them “a form of cruelty and American imperialism,” advocating for “open borders” or claiming that “Mexico deserves a southern portion of America.”

There is only one problem. America is a continent and not a country as many in the U.S., especially right-wing people would like to refer to the United States.

Mexico's borders with a "southern portion of America" are well defined by the Suchiate and Usumacinta rivers, and it being a “southern portion of America” would be really difficult, given that Guatemala and Belize, the American part south of Mexico, have sovereignty over their territories and there's currently no Mexican political organization or ideology that has claims over the Central American countries.

It seems that borders with a “southern portion of America” will most likely remain that way at least for the next couple of decades.

Executive and legislative federal elections in Mexico will take place next Sunday and Lopez Obrador is the favorite candidate, with polls giving him between 37 and 52 percent of the voting preference.

Just as Trump supporters are taking Lopez Obrador’s words out of context, people in Mexico also have different interpretations of his promises and speeches.

While many Mexicans seem to agree that his speeches appeal both to the impoverished sectors of society and the business class, promising to raise income and fight a corrupt and bloody political system colluding with organized crime, others see a populist threat that will turn Mexico into “a second Venezuela.”

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