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Trump's troops

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Trump's troops
Border bridge between Mexico – U.S. - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
05/04/2018
10:04
Mexico City
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Trump's troops

It still is a hostile action, according to our sources, the temper tantrum of the U.S. President Donald Trump, of sending agents of the National Guard to the border with Mexico to prevent the entrance into their territory of illegal immigrants. However, it's not the first time a U.S. President has decided on something similar, pursuant to other situations and political backgrounds. We're told that George W. Bush deployed 6,000 agents in may 2006. Then, Barack Obama did the same in 2010 in coordination with the southern states of the United States. Today, our sources claim, it seems they still ignore the armed forces are in charge of the security of the border, on the Mexican side. How far will the mogul go to put pressure on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and in his revenge against the Democrats, who failed to approve a budget for his wall?

Meade fears Jesuits?

Let's focus on the candidate of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), José Antonio Meade, who, according to our sources, is the only presidential candidate who still hasn't confirmed his attendance to the meeting with the students of the Jesuit University, the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO) in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco. The Institute's authorities tell us that they already received the confirmation of Andrés Manuel López Obrador and that Ricardo Anaya was there this Wednesday. The ITESO staff fail to understand why the former Minister of Finance didn't tell them “yes.” We're told that they hope it's a matter of a conflict with the schedules and not because the Institute is Jesuit, just like the Ibero American University, where six years ago the then-candidate Enrique Peña Nieto had a very rough time.

Of logos and strategies

We're told that the vice-coordinator of the deputies of the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), Jesús Zambrano Grijalva, has admitted that some of the members of the party have demanded to their leaders that the logo of the party – a sun in black over a yellow background – features more prominently in the electoral campaigns of the candidates of their coalition. EL UNIVERSAL published yesterday as a feature article, that it seems presidential candidates are choosing to “hide” the logos of the parties backing them. “We aren't turning a deaf ear,” said Zambrano but he did claim this was a strategy. Will the members of the other two political parties of the Front feel the same?

Deputy feels cast out

The one upset that people are paying more attention to the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto than her is the deputy of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), Maricela Contreras Julián. We're told that the legislator has informed the president of the commission of National Defense, Virgilio Daniel Méndez, her position on the vote they will hold this Thursday on the proposal submitted by the Mexican President to make amendments to the Military Service Law and prevent the possibility of minors doing their service before their time. Ms. Marcela celebrated that they are finally discussing the issue but regretted that the proposal that she presented on February 25, 2016, had been rejected on April 6 of that very tear. “It's regrettable this happens because of a proposal of the President of the Republic, sending the message that there is a line to be followed in this regard to the members of this sovereignty that belong to his political party, which casts a doubt on the autonomy of their actions,” said the MORENA member on the document.

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