Tucker Carlson interviewed Mexican journalist Enrique Acevedo about Mexico’s presidential campaign, which is pitting four candidates who, despite their differences, reportedly agree that Mexico should assist migrants to reach the United States. After reporting that the candidates made a pledge to assist migrants during a debate in Tijuana this week, he asked Acevedo, "Why should we not consider Mexico an enemy?"
In response, Acevedo said that the Mexican candidates "say a lot while campaigning," comparing them to President Donald Trump’s pledge to build a border wall while calling out some migrants as “rapists.” Carlson disagreed with Acevedo’s premise, saying on Fox News on Wednesday that the border wall does not violate Mexican laws, while efforts by Mexico to "subvert" American law should be viewed the actions of a "hostile foreign power."
Carlson recommended that President Trump should order the Department of Treasury to terminate the transmission of remittances from the United States to Mexico. He predicted that the Mexican government would collapse as a result because the remittances, he said, "float the kleptocracy" in Mexico City.
Currently, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is leading in the polls. He is trailed by Ricardo Anaya, Jose Antonio Meade and Jaime "El Bronco" Rodriguez.
In 2017, Mexicans living outside of Mexico remitted a record amount of cash. Most of the cash came from persons living in the United States. From January-November 2017, Mexicans sent home $26.1 billion in remittances, according to the central bank of Mexico. That is bigger than the previous record of $24.1 billion sent during the same period in 2016. Remittances outpaced petroleum exports, which totaled $18.5 billion between January and October, according to the Bank of Mexico. Manufacturing exports are the top source of foreign income for Mexico.
President Trump once specifically threatened to impose a tax on remittances to Mexico to fund his projected border barrier.
In October 2017, remittances reached $2.6 billion, the highest for any month in 2017. Some of the poorest states in Mexico receive the most in remittances, making the cash a key source of money for poor Mexicans.