Mexican politicians are claiming that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump may have traveled to their country illegally when visiting President Enrique Pena Nieto in August.
Opposition leaders in Mexico are looking to capitalize on the aftermath of Trump’s political visit to meet with Pena Nieto. They are demanding that the country’s National Institute of Migration (known as INMI in Spanish), the equivalent of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the U.S., investigate the visit.
Senator Luis Humberto Fernández of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (known as PRD in Spanish), is calling for an inquiry to determine if Trump broke any Mexican immigration laws when visiting the country.
“We want to know how he got into the country, especially if the main topic on the agenda for the visit was immigration: it would be paradoxical that Mr. Trump not comply with migration requirements” Fernández told Univision.
Trump traveled to Mexico August 31 shortly before laying out his immigration reform and border protection policy in Phoenix, Arizona later that day. The billionaire businessman met with Mexican leader Pena Nieto, and then held a press conference claiming payment for his proposed border wall was not discussed. Pena Nieto later refuted that statement via Twitter, saying the matter was brought up and that Mexico would not pay for it.
As a result of Trump’s visit to the U.S.’s southern neighbor, Mexican Finance Minister Luis Videgaray stepped down September 7 from his post in a cabinet reshuffle. Videgaray is reported to have pushed Pena Nieto to invite Trump to the country.
Mexican media widely panned the Republican presidential candidate’s visit and their president’s lack of a forceful response to Trump during their joint news conference.
Fernández claims that INMI will get back to him with a reply within ten days time on the legality of Trump’s travels south of the border.
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