Mexican President Calls Out Texas

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( – On Tuesday, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador vowed to fight against the new Texas state law which would give state authorities the right to prosecute migrants who had crossed into the United States through Mexico.

Previously federal authorities had been the ones to handle border issues, however as local and state law enforcement have been taking a more active role in handling immigration, the tensions between the U.S. and Mexico continue to increase. At the same time, Congress is attempting to negotiate border security policies in order to combat the surge in migration.

According to a Reuters report the Mexican president had pointed out that the foreign ministry was already working on the necessary process in order to challenge this law. He pointed out that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) was introducing these measures as a way of gaining popularity, but that in reality, all that he would actually do is lose the favor of Texans as there are many migrants and Mexicans who live in Texas.

López Obrador has often clashed in the past not only with Abbot but also with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and had pushed for Mexican-Americans not to vote for the two governors as a result of the immigration policies followed by them. In July, the Foreign Ministry had filed a legal challenge against the installation of the buoys across the Rio Grande. The U.S. federal government also challenged Abbott over their installation. This month, a federal appeals court ordered that the buoys needed to be removed this month.

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