After Trump’s win, an anxious Mexico asks: What’s next?

A fence separating Mexico and the United States in Tijuana, Mexico. Donald Trump vowed to deport millions of immigrants and build a wall along the entirety of the border. (Jorge Duenes/Reuters)
A fence separating Mexico and the United States in Tijuana, Mexico. Donald Trump vowed to deport millions of immigrants and build a wall along the entirety of the border. (Jorge Duenes/Reuters)

By Azam Ahmed / New York Times

Ever since the election of Donald J. Trump to the American presidency, Juan Pardinas, a Mexican academic, has been thinking back to his childhood.

Specifically, the Cold War era, when his days as a young boy were filled with a medium-grade anxiety that the Russians might incite a nuclear war that could devastate North America.

“It’s the same feeling of uncertainty,” said Pardinas, a graduate of the London School of Economics whose work on anti-corruption legislation has been roundly praised in Mexico. “The feeling that politics has become a source of bitterness, anguish and uncertainty is really sad.”

Clouds have descended over Mexico, miring it in a state of anguish and paralysis after the election of Trump to the highest office in the world. They are clouds of uncertainty and fear, of self-doubt and insecurity. There were even actual storm clouds hanging over the capital in recent days, a literal echo of the nation’s state of mind.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/15/world/americas/mexico-donald-trump-enrique-pena-nieto.html?partner=IFTTT&_r=0

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