Former President Felipe Calderon of Mexico said that Donald Trump is "not very well-informed man." In an interview with CNBC, Calderon was referring to candidate Trump’s repeated pledge to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border and make Mexico pay for it. Calderon said that Mexico will not pay for such a wall. "Mexican people, we are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall! And it's going to be completely useless," Calderon said. "The first loser of such a policy would be the United States," he said. "If this guy pretends that closing the borders to anywhere either for trade (or) for people is going to provide prosperity to the United States, he is completely crazy."
Calderon said that in recent years, immigration from Mexico has actually declined. Indeed, according to the Pew Research Center, the overall flow of Mexican immigrants between the two countries is at its lowest point since the 1990s. One million Mexicans and their families, including children born in the U.S., left the U.S. for Mexico from 2009 to 2014, according to data analyzed by Pew. U.S. census data for that period shows an estimated 870,000 Mexicans left Mexico to come to the U.S., a smaller number than the flow of families from the U.S. to Mexico. These numbers, however, do not address the thousands of migrants traversing Mexico from Central America.
When he announced his candidacy last year, Trump said "the U.S. had become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems," and specified Mexico in particular as a source of immigrants. "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ...They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people," Trump said.
Calderon why Americans appear to be listening to what Trump has to say on issues such as border security and immigration. He said, "It is incredible that a quite admirable society like the American society could produce such kind of candidates." Calderon added, "I cannot understand that. No offense, no offense to America. So Donald Trump … is ambitious but not exactly very well-informed man, I don't want to say ignorant, but he is not very well informed."
The former Mexican president said that students in Mexico no longer want to emigrate to the U.S. because they now have opportunities at home.
"They don't want to go, they can work for a motor company (that's) not in Detroit, I am sorry to say. They are working for a motor company in Hermosillo and Toluca, so Mazda is coming to Mexico, Honda is coming to Mexico. Those kids have jobs in that industry in Mexico." In addition, Ford announced this week that it will locate a new plant outside of the U.S., presumably Mexico.
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