Archdiocese of Mexico calls firms expressing interest in Trump’s wall ‘traitors”

This Jan. 25, 2017, file photo shows a truck driving near the Mexico-US border fence, on the Mexican side, separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico. (Christian Torres/AP)
This Jan. 25, 2017, file photo shows a truck driving near the Mexico-US border fence, on the Mexican side, separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico. (Christian Torres/AP)

By J.J. Gallagher / ABC

In a withering editorial published on Sunday, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said that Mexican firms interested in helping build President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall are “traitors to the homeland.”

“It is not two or three, but more than 500 companies,” from Mexico expressing interest in Trump’s proposed border wall, the editorial says. “For them, the end justifies the means.”

Building a wall along the nearly 2,000-mile U.S. border with Mexico was estimated by congressional Republicans to cost $12 billion to $15 billion. An internal report prepared for Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly estimated that a wall along the entire border would cost about $21 billion, according to the Associated Press.

After repeatedly claiming that Mexico would pay for the wall, President Trump requested $2.6 billion to start the initial planning and construction in his 2018 budget request. Congress is expected to take up the proposed budget before the end of the fiscal year in September.

The editorial, published in the Archdiocese’s weekly publication Desde la fe, lambasted the wall as “an open threat that violates relations and peace.”

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Mexico will hedge oil export prices

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Foreign minister says Mexico is willing to walk away from Nafta talks

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray says Mexico is willing to walk away from Nafta talks.
Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray says Mexico is willing to walk away from Nafta talks.

By Andrew V. Pestano / UPI

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said that if North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations don’t benefit all parties involved, the country is willing to “step away” from it.

In an interview with Bloomberg, he said pulling out of NAFTA would be a last resort.

“If what is on the table is something that is not good for Mexico, Mexico will step away from NAFTA,” Videgaray said.

“Both parties have leverage with each other. The questions is: Can you pull your leverage without hurting yourself? Probably not. We’re not approaching this in that sense. It should be a constructive process,” he added.

Videgaray said Mexico’s relationship with the United States goes beyond trade; it already affects the politics of Mexico ahead of a presidential election in which NAFTA could be a wedge issue.

Mexico will hold presidential elections in 2018. During an interview with Bloomberg, Videgaray said he anticipates negotiations between Mexico, Canada and the United States over NAFTA could begin in the summer.

When asked if negotiations could begin later and spill over into 2018, during Mexico’s presidential cycle, and make relations with the United States and trade a key issue, Videgaray said those issues are the reasons the Mexican and U.S. governments must work constructively.

“That’s something that goes beyond trade, is the way that Mexico feels about the U.S., and that’s why I think it’s so important to work constructively, in good faith, work closely toward getting a good understand and a good deal for both sides,” he said.

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