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Newly elected Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador intends to curb immigration into the United States by economically developing his country’s northern states.

Loprez Obrador — who entered office in the beginning of December with a leftist agenda — on Monday decreed lower rates for income and value-added taxes in over 40 municipalities that border the U.S. The minimum wage within these municipalities will also be risen to 177 pesos — equivalent to $9 — beginning in 2019. Lopez Obrador also plans new infrastructure projects and more social welfare programs to benefit Mexican citizens.

“This is a very important project to boost investment and job creation,” Lopez Obrador said during a Saturday event in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, according to Reuters.

The ambitious agenda is meant to bolster the economic standing of towns and cities dotted along Mexico’s northern border, the forefront of America’s illegal immigration crisis. Lopez Obrador, facing extreme pressure from his northern neighbor, has pledged to reduce migration into the U.S., and hopes to do so by enhancing his citizens’ quality of life.

On the other side of the border, the fight over illegal immigration has reached an apex.

The federal government has remained in a shutdown because U.S. President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats cannot reach a budget agreement. The Republican president has vowed to veto any bill that does not include funding for a wall on the country’s border with Mexico, and said he is willing to ride a government shutdown for as long as it takes.

The immigration battle has drawn ardent public support from both sides. A GoFundMe page, for example, has raised well over $18 million from hundreds of thousands of American donors in a short time.

“I started this GoFundMe because I felt that politicians and the government wasn’t taking the action that they needed to take,” Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee veteran who launched the GoFundMe page on Dec. 16, said to The Daily Caller. “[House Minority Leader] Nancy [Pelosi] and [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck [Schumer], they are doing it for their own political agenda. They don’t want the wall.”

The fight over a border wall will continue into the new year.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. ddneth

    January 2, 2019 at 3:22 am

    WHY do these politicians protect the ILLEGALS but care nothing about the SAFETY of LEGAL American citizens ???

    Why did Congress just give $10.6 BILLION of OUR taxpayer dollars to Central Am. govts~~ Yet Refuse to allow us to have $5.7 Bill. of OUR own taxpayer dollars for the WALL ???

    We are furious and will NEVER vote for a democrat again!!

    #Trump2020 !

    • Arif

      January 2, 2019 at 8:19 am

      AMEN Brother. A crazy Kook or a Total idiot would vote Democrat or some who is CLUELESS

  2. Bennie Sowers

    January 2, 2019 at 4:03 am

    You got that right I will Never vote democratic again in my life I am so sick of them and their criminality they should all be sent to Gitmo for the rest of their lives they are awful and many of the so called conservatives are just as bad as the democraps they are called rhinos send them to gitmo as well tired of all of this crooked law breaking

  3. Duane

    January 2, 2019 at 6:09 am

    We need to star writing to our senators and congressman to let them know what we the people think not what the F’ing Dems think. They voted for it in 2009 so what is the problem now? I’ll tell you what and that is strictly the fact they hate Trump so now politics have become personnel and we will never get anywhere!

    • Mary T

      January 2, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      Trump is interfering with their goal of turning America into a progressive liberal socialist country. If you listen to Cuomo in NY, he gives it away. They want rid of Trump and all Republicans. Graham has said this and I believe it to be true.

  4. Ken Easterling

    January 2, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Finely someone in Mexico wants to step up to the task of immigration. Democrat Americans need to step up and contact their Democrat Representatives and Senators and tell them we need the wall.

  5. Mark Terzano

    January 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    I just hope these incentives are not to start 40 tunneling projects into the United States. It could backfire on us.

  6. Ron

    January 2, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Here’s an idea, take the Gofundme bucket and give Schumer and Pelodi 2mil each and they will trample each other in a frenzy to get the wall funded. Neither has one iota of ethics or morality…

  7. Mary Johnson

    January 2, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    If the Mexico President would not allow them in his country in the first place they would not be coming here.

  8. fred

    January 2, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    SOUNDS LIKE MEXICO’S WALL IS FULL OF HOLES ,,,20.000 THRU ITWITH NO RESISTANCE

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