Former Foreign Affairs secretary Ruiz Massieu. Former Foreign Affairs secretary Ruiz-Massieu.

US seen as ‘hostile’ for Mexicans last year

Foreign Affairs secretary warned last June about wave of xenophobia in US

Mexico’s relations with the United States have worsened since Donald Trump became president last month, but the U.S. was already being regarded as “hostile” last year, according to a classified document obtained by the newspaper El Universal.


Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz-Massieu warned as early as last June about what she called a wave of xenophobia taking over the U.S.

At the time she said Mexican nationals had a “hard life” in that country, a term that also applied to Honduras, Guatemala, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria and Palestine.

The Foreign Affairs Secretariat (SRE) considers a region “hard to live in” when it meets at least one of the following circumstances: there is an ongoing armed conflict, extremely unhealthy conditions or an overtly intolerant or discriminatory regime.

On November 9, Ruiz-Massieu received a report that stated that “an increasingly hostile environment targeting minorities has been perceived by Mexican consulates in the U.S. in recent months.”

That environment included “programmed attacks, marches inciting xenophobia and strong televised debates about aliens, a derogatory term used against migrants, that have undermined the cosmopolitan spirit of the United States.”

The less than favorable environment was coupled with “a presidential electoral process marked by confrontations and uncertainty encouraged by the continuous xenophobic comments made by political, social and business leaders against Hispanic American migrants, especially those from Mexico.”

The report went on to request funding to reinforce the security of Mexico’s diplomatic representations in several U.S. cities.

The federal government rejected the request.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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  • Güerito

    The hypocrisy is breathtaking…

  • K. Chris C.

    Seems the US tyranny is envious that somewhere is a cesspool without their assistance and input.

    An American citizen, not Us subject.

  • miabeach

    All illegal aliens seem to enjoy a set of so called rights that Americans in general don’t enjoy. It’s amazing how fake news outlets consistently pitch illegal aliens as oppressed or treated cruelty in the United States. If these illegal aliens were treated properly in their own country they wouldn’t leave. Illegal aliens are treated very well in the USA compared to most Latin America countries that are racist, rife with hartred, truely xenophobic and were the wealthy treat their own poor like pack animals. It’s not us Mexico, its you.

  • Louis Barbosa

    The truth of this article is sooo self evident. I am sure that it will stroke the anger in many haters!

    • Henry Wilson

      Lol! Too much dude….way too much!

  • alance

    Claudia Ruiz Massieu was replaced by Luis Videgaray Caso as Foreign Affairs secretary in January for being too hostile to the new Trump Administration in Washington.

  • Henry Wilson

    A mexican using the words “xenophobic” and “hostility” to describe the us attitude to mexico causes the response of perhaps true but then no foreign nation in our history has ever more deserved our disgust and opprobrium than has mexico.

  • Dave Warren

    The NYTimes and CNN aren’t allowed to press conferences any more. What needs to be said?… except that fascist dictatorships don’t end well.

  • cooncats

    Exactly what I have been pointing out: The heartland of America is fed up with the open border and Mexico’s double standard about it and has been so for quite some time.

    The hypocrisy really is breathtaking. Trump is a reflection of something that has been building for some time and if not him, someone else was going to tap into the anger.

    You can scapegoat Trump until hell freezes over but that anger isn’t going away. If not addressed fully and fairly it is simply going to explode at some point. Americans have the same right to control their borders that Mexico does. There is no escaping that fact.

    It doesn’t matter whether or not the U.S. used to have a “wink and nod” border policy, what matters is that they are deciding that this is no longer in their best interests.

    Times and people change and at some point the idea that Mexico could cover for the failure of their own political system to create opportunity at home by pushing it over the U.S. border is over.

    As is the idea they can continue to push their own immigration problem with Central Americans across the same border.

    Mexico really has two choices here: Wake up to the new reality and become a partner in border security or continue the hypocrisy and attacks on America and bring down a lot more on their heads.

    What happens here if these grandstanding politicians piss off people up there so bad that they really do start rounding up all the illegals, not just the criminals, and dumping them back into Mexico? What happens if the U.S. stops taking the products of all these factories down here?

    Here is what this country needs to do: Really help the U.S. secure the border and in return negotiate an amnesty for the many people up there who earn their keep and contribute to U.S. society. An amnesty is in the best interests of both countries but it cannot happen until the border is secured.

    Amnesty without border security has been tried three times now with the same result, still more illegal immigration.
    Only crazy people and liberals keep trying the same thing over and over expecting a different result. The rest of us learn from our errors.

    And the stupid leftist expats here who feed this hypocrisy and denial of reality are enemies of both countries. Your pandering is not only disgusting, you are a danger to all of us and you are doing a huge disservice to the people of Mexico who really are quite capable of becoming less dependent on the U.S.

    If you can’t honor and respect your own Constitution and your country’s legitimate concerns and rights, you have no business being Americans at all. Give up your own hypocrisy and renounce your citizenship.