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Catholics Brand Mexicans Who Will Help Build Wall as “Traitors”

By Savannah Smith, The Goldwater · 03-28-2017
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President Donald Trump wants the wall built; Mexico continues to resist it. Now, even the Catholic Church in Mexico has joined the intense talks over the wall that would be built between the U.S. and Mexico borders, worsening the already tense situation.

The Catholic Church in Mexico is using moral arguments and appealing to the nationalistic spirit of Mexicans to discourage Mexican from supporting the building of the wall. The Archdiocese of Mexico used strong words on Sunday. It said that Mexicans who help in building Trump's planned border wall would be acting "immorally" and should be considered as " traitors" to their country.

Issuing a bold editorial, Mexico's largest diocese also demanded the Mexican government to take a tougher stance against local companies who wish to make a profit from building the wall. The weekly Archdiocese's publication named Desde la fe also described Trump as a "fanatic" in its editorial.

The Church's strong words shortly follow the warning issued by Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo on Tuesday to firms that it would not be good for them to participate in building the wall. Still, as far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the Mexican government is still not doing enough to stop local investors from being part of the project. The editorial of the diocese publication claims to represent the views of the entire diocese.

Local companies are aware that taking part in building the controversial wall would have negative effects to their business and reputation. The project is being seen as an insult to Mexicans.To sign up for the project said a business owner would be like shooting oneself in the foot. Cemex, a cement maker, has said it is open to providing quotes to provide the supply for raw materials, but that they would not take part in the bidding process to build the wall.

There is no stopping Trump from fulfilling his campaign promise of building that wall to protect Americans from potential trouble-makers or even terrorists entering the U.S. via the Mexican border. Trump has said that his administration is even ahead of its schedule in building the wall. He has also insisted from the start for Mexico to pay for the wall, but Mexico has resisted. Building the wall is also included in the Trump administration's proposed budget for 2018.

A recent study also showed that more Mexican travelers and potential immigrants are looking to go to Canada as an alternative to the U.S. instead.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-mexico-wall-idUSKBN16Y055

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